Kills Ants, Cockroaches and More. Without The Smell. Without The Harsh Chemicals.
Niban is the best solution for keeping your home pest-free without the use of harsh or toxic chemicals. Niban Granular bait is consumed by insects who then take it back to their colony, eliminating the entire colony. That’s why Niban is the only choice when you want effective killing power that targets pests with minimal impact to non-insects and the environment.
Kills and prevents:
- Ants (except fire ants)
- Carpenter ants
Niban At A Glance:
- Indoor/outdoor use
- Created with a concern for the environment
- Active ingredient is 5% boric acid
- Specifically targets pests
- Long-lasting protection
Many baits intended for pests can be a hazard for pets and wildlife. Birds are one of the most sensitive species to these effects. So, when the New York City’s Central Park Bird Aviary needed to control cockroaches, they chose Niban. After more than 10 years, there have been no reported problems…unless you’re a roach.
Niban’s formula makes it effective on a host of household pests, including slugs and snails and provides broader protection inside and outside the home. Unlike other granules, Niban will not degrade in heat or sunlight and will last through 4” of rain.
Niban is a superior granular bait, formulated with a concern for the environment. It is specially formulated with a borate compound that kills insects—and only insects. Borates are a naturally occurring mineral that is mined in California. Niban works by taking advantage of specific traits in the biologic makeup of ants, cockroaches and other insects. Rather than using toxicity to kill, Niban’s borate formula, when ingested, makes the pest unable to extract nutrition from the food it eats by disrupting the metabolic process. Even though the insect continues to eat and digest, it cannot gain nutrition from the food, and it starves.
Borates contain the element boron which is found on the periodic table. Boron is a naturally occurring element that is an essential micronutrient for plants and animals. We consume boron everyday in vegetables and salads. Boron is also a common element in soaps, cosmetics and ceramics. Because insects cannot excrete liquids, boron builds up in their system and locks onto the molecules that break down sugar. With those essential molecules blocked, the insect can digest sugars but cannot convert them to energy, and the result is starvation of the colony. Humans, as well as other mammals, birds, fish and amphibians, can excrete liquids, therefore boron does not build up in our systems. We simply use the boron we need and excrete the rest in our urine.
Interestingly, this mode of action does not affect the insect’s central nervous system, so insects cannot develop resistance to Niban. This makes Niban the perfect choice for those tough-to-control areas.
Over the years, many pesticides have been voluntarily removed from the market or phased out by EPA due to toxicity concerns. Borate based Niban is one product you can count on to do the job today and be here tomorrow.
Niban’s new range of granule size means it’s even more effective than before on smaller insects like crickets, slugs, and snails. AND, for those who need even smaller bait, there’s Niban FG, with the killing power of Niban in a fine granule size.
A Closer Look
Your pest control company can use Niban all around your home – inside and out. Niban can be dusted into wall voids, under cabinets, and in attics, garages, basements, crawl spaces and pantries, Niban will remain where it is placed and stay effective until it is consumed. Niban is virtually odorless bait and will not break down over time, giving you long-lasting protection throughout your home. Outdoors, the product will stand up to heat, sunlight and rain better than any other bait on the market. Niban is applied around the perimeter of your home and to areas where pests nest and feed including garbage areas, wood piles, mulch beds, cracks and crevices and moist areas.
Low impact on environment
Formulated with the naturally occurring mineral, boron, Niban poses a very low impact to the environment around your home since boron is already found in virtually all ecosystems. As the granules dissolve over a long period of time, the borates simply become part of the background levels of boron.
Active ingredient is just 5% boric acid
With a very low percentage of boric acid, Niban is formulated with food-grade attractants. These ingredients act as compelling lures to pests. Ask your pest control company to use Niban, the best solution to controlling unwanted pests.
Specifically targets pests
Niban has been carefully formulated to attract and eliminate a wide variety of cockroaches, ants, silverfish and crickets. This provides you with a single solution for a wide spectrum of pests including; ants, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, silverfish snails and slugs, such as:
- ANTS: Argentine, Carpenter, Thief, Pharaoh, Little Black, Pavement, Odorous House and Crazy Ants.
- COCKROACHES: Asian, American, Brown, Brown Banded, Smokey Brown, German and Oriental Cockroaches.
- CRICKETS: Camel, House, Field and Mole Crickets.
- SNAILS AND SLUGS
- EUPOPEAN EARWIGS
Many granular baits lose their effectiveness as soon as they get wet. Other baits photo-degrade (meaning the active ingredient no longer works) with exposure to the sun, leaving them ineffective. But with Niban, all those problems are solved. Niban is a weather-resistant granular bait that won’t degrade in sunlight or heat and can last through up to 4 inches of rain.
Another problem with other baits is that when they get wet they mold, which makes them unattractive to insects as a food source. Niban will not mold. This provides your home with protection that lasts long after other baits break down.
The Science Behind Niban
Niban works differently than most other insecticides. For starters, it doesn’t kill by toxicity; it works by taking advantage of a unique feature in the biology of roaches, ants and other insects. By ingesting Niban, the insect becomes unable to extract nutrition from its food and starves to death. Because this effect only occurs in insects, humans and other living things don’t share the risk. And because Niban doesn’t depend on toxicity to kill, insects cannot become immune to it, ever.
How do borates work against pests?
Two common kinds of products used against pests are knockdown poisons and borate-based baiting systems. A poison’s effect is immediate, but very short-lived. It kills the individual that comes in contact with it, but other individuals who don’t encounter the poison live, and a colony will return to be a nuisance again. With a borate bait, the final effect takes a bit longer because the pests ultimately starve to death after consuming the product; but any colony is effectively controlled so pests cannot return until a brand new colony moves into the area.
So how do borates work if they don’t act like poisons? For insects and other animals to create energy from food, they must extract energy from their food using enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that accelerate chemical reactions within cells. To turn food into energy, a specific dehydrogenase enzyme needs to bind to both the food molecule and another compound called a co-enzyme (NAD+). The enzyme then breaks the food molecule into small pieces and transfers reducing power to the co-enzyme (NAD+ becomes NADH) that then carries it away to make energy, a process known as the Krebs Cycle.
Borates, however, interfere with this process of turning food into energy in insects and other pests. They intercept the NAD+ co-enzyme before it can be bound by the dehydrogenase enzyme. The resulting co-enzyme/borate complex can no longer be accepted by the dehydrogenase enzyme to create NADH, and energy cannot be created by breaking down food.
(A simplified view)
The NAD co-enzyme combines with DHE (dehydrogenase enzyme) & glucose which is broken down. NADH is a by-product that ultimately produces energy when fed into the electron transport chain.
As the pest continues to eat the borate bait, it accumulates more co-enzyme/borate complexes, and when the borate load is sufficient, all the co-enzymes are tied up with borates. At this point, the pest can’t gain energy from the food it consumes, and because insect or fungal pests are not able to easily excrete borate (unlike mammals), their cells starve and they die. Because of this process, social insects such as ants that share food through regurgitation will contaminate and kill the entire nest or colony.
Interrupted Metabolism with Boron
(A simplified view)
The Boron molecule attaches to the NAD co-enzyme, blocking NAD from attaching to DHE (dehydrogenase enzyme) and preventing formation of the enzyme complex and NADH. As a result, the glucose reaction is also blocked, and no energy is released.
As an added plus, pests cannot develop a resistance to borates because of their unique action.
Borates and Toxicity
Borates are an essential micronutrient important in animal and human nutrition. They are natural components of the environment that are essential for the healthy growth of plants. They neither accumulate nor bio-accumulate, and are present naturally in sea water, fresh water, rocks, soil and all plants.
Borate-based products are made from low toxicity materials that are broken down in the environment. Their borate active ingredient is released as a natural borate salt, and is part of a normal healthy environment.
One of the great things about borates is their low acute mammalian toxicity. In people and pets, the digestive system extracts what borate is needed for a healthy metabolism, but excretes any excess in urine via the kidneys. Furthermore, it is difficult to get people or pets to consume as much borate as target pests do. Insects do not have kidneys, and their equivalent of kidneys—Malpighian tubules—cannot easily excrete borates.
Borates have a long and successful history of usage spanning more than 50 years in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. “We have known for decades that borates are not only one of the most effective termite and pest control materials, but also one of the safest for humans and the environment,” notes Dr. Jeff Lloyd, vice president of research and development at Nisus.