The active ingredient (Fipronil) is quickly becoming the star of several new pest
control products. (Frontline Plus, Frontline, TopChoice,
Out!, Maxforce FC Baits) When bugs come into contact
with this product, they have not only contaminated themselves but any other of their
species. Once contaminated, the ant (or other targeted pest) no longer grooms itself
or feeds, thus causing death.
Fipronil first came to the public's attention with the introduction of Frontline Topspot and Frontline
Spray for the control of fleas on dogs and cats. The most popular Fipronil
product (at the time of this writing) is Maxforce FC roach bait
gel. (Maxforce FC has made elimination of cockroach populations easier and more
effective than any other bait in the world.) Next introduced was Termidor, a
termiticide that is showing great promise for the control of termite problems in homes and
other structures. In early 2002, Over'n Out! fireant
granules began taking its share of fireant control products. For
longer, more stable control of fire ants, professionals have begun to heavily
rely on Top Choice granules.
Maxforce Tick Management System is an
innovative product that entices mice into a small black
box. Inside of this box, mice receive a small dose of Fipronil. In
this case, Fipronil is used to kill ticks that carry Lyme Disease. Certain
mice are known to be an important link in the transfer of Lyme Disease.