It’s becoming a well-known fact that you don’t have to be an exterminator to use professional pest control products.  Yeah, you might go to your local retail store for a quick fix, but for the best results, you want to use the best products.  I present to you three popular products you can find at any retail store vs. three professional products you can order online that will provide far more effective results for getting rid of pests.

Pest: Ants

Retail Product: Raid Ant Bait III

Raid is known for their slogan “kills bugs dead”.  But you don’t want to use a multitude of pesticides to fight your ant problems.  Raid Ant Bait III works to control the argentine ants, and pharaoh ants.

Professional Product: Advance 375A Select Granular Ant Bait
With the same active ingredient, abamectin, Advance 375A Select Ant Bait fights against over a dozen types of ants including those controlled by Raid, plus fire ants and carpenter ants.  As a bonus, this bait is intended for both indoor and outdoor use.  No need to get two separate products.

Pest: Roaches

Retail Product: Combat Source Kill Max

Like a typical bait, Combat Source Kill Max is system that is meant to simply be left out for the roaches to contact. This bait is said to fight both “small” and “large” roaches.

Professional Product: Advion Roach Bait Gel

Advion’s answer to that is their roach bait gel.  This product is just as simple to use, without having to see the bait laying around.  Instead, you apply Advion with the enclosed plunger and caulk areas like baseboards.  Advion is recommended for different environments; indoors and outdoors, residential, commercial and industrial.  This bait says it fights even the toughest species including: “German”, “American”, and “Brown-Banded”.

Pest: Mice

Retail Product: d-CON® Bait Blocks

d-CON offers a bait block for mice and rats.  These water-resistant blocks are good to use in damp areas where rodents might be active.  However, to get the results you want, it is recommended to use a large quantity.

Professional Product: Contrac Blox Rodenticide

Contrac offers a simpler option.  Their Blox Rodenticide, too, is recommended for all weathers.  In addition, it’s used in agriculture, warehousing, as well as commercial and residential areas.   Its mult-edged feature makes for optimal rodent gnawling.   A hole in the center of the block is to make it usable in a bait system or to be nailed or wired in place.  The use of its main ingredient, bromadiolone, makes it less harmful to non-targets like pets and people.

As when working with any pesticide, be sure to read all labels for directions, safety and recommended use.