Ascend™ / Advance™

advance ascendAdvantages:

  • Low toxicity
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Attractive to many ant species


  • Very slow to work
  • Limited availability

Active Ingredient: 0.011% abamectin

Similar Products: other slow-acting products (Extinguish®, Esteem®, Distance® etc.)

Application Rate, Broadcast: 1 lb. per acre

Speed of Control: slow, 2 – 4 months (may be faster than Extinguish® or Award®)

Duration of Control: one application per year is usually sufficient, though dependent on reinvasion pressure

Approximate product cost: Advance® – $35.00/lb., Ascend® – $10/lb. (25 lb. bag)

Best used for: Professional application to commercial properties

Best season for application: spring and summer, fall application may not fully control ants until the following spring

Sources: professional pest control suppliers

Toxicity: very low

Agricultural Uses: none

Mixing with other products: none labeled, not recommended

Comments: Ascend® is formulated on a corn grit carrier similar to other baits. Advance® is formulated on another carrier that may be more acceptable to other ant species, as well as fire ants. These products are marketed to professional pest control operators.  The active ingredient abamectin has been shown to cause a halt in fire ant egg production.

Manufacturer: BASF

Web site (including label and MSDS): bait.html


This site is intended to cover only broadcast-applied fire ant control products and slow acting fipronil containing granular products. Literally dozens of products are available as individual mound treatments. Contact your local Extension Agent or return to for more information on individual mound treatments.

Because of the constantly changing availability of fire ant insecticides, it is virtually impossible to include every product on the market. Mention of a product on this site does not imply an endorsement by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Southern Region IPM Center or any cooperating state. Lack of mention does not imply that the product is not an effective fire ant control product.

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