At a Glance
New Formula! More Powerful, Broader Kill, Longest Lasting Bait Available
Kills and prevents:
- Carpenter ants
Niban-FG At A Glance:
- Weather resistant
- Indoor/outdoor use
- No known resistance
- Specifically formulated to attract a wide variety of pests
- Superior against cockroaches and crickets
- Comfort Grip refillable shaker jug
- Long-lasting protection
- Minimizes call backs
- 5% Boric Acid active ingredient
This is the best all-around bait on the market and the one product you need on your truck.
There’s no better professional grade, all-around bait for targeting the two most prominent invading pests you deal with: cockroaches and ants. Niban-FG’s new formula includes a tougher, weatherized granule that will last longer than any other on the market, providing you with a more effective kill between quarterly visits. This is the industry’s only granular bait with the power of borates and our patent pending. It was formulated with a concern for the environment, it’s easy to use and it has produced amazing results since it was created. Niban-FG targets a wide spectrum of pests and can be used both indoors and out. That means you can spec one product more often, serving a greater variety of customers while enhancing the profitability of your business.
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.
1 lb bottle, 4 lb bucket
Over the years, many pesticides have been voluntarily removed from the market or phased out by EPA due to toxicity concerns. Borate based Niban-FG is one product you can count on to do the job today and be here tomorrow.
Niban-FG is perfect for those who need even smaller bait with the killing power of Niban in a fine granule size.
A Closer Look
Weather resistant & Long-lasting protection
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-FG, all those problems are solved. Niban-FG is a weatherized granular bait that won’t degrade in sunlight or heat and can last through up to 4” of rain.
Another problem with other baits is that when the get wet they mold, which makes them unattractive to insects as a food source. Niban-FG will not mold. This provides you with protection that lasts long after other baits break down, reducing call-backs and making your quarterly programs more effective.
No known resistance
Most pesticides work by targeting the central nervous system. As a defense, cockroaches can develop resistance to a new chemical in just a few generations. But because Niban-FG works by interrupting the insect’s digestive process and leaves major systems unaffected, pests can’t build a tolerance.
1-lb. applicator bottle
Niban-FG is easy to use—available in a convenient, comfortable and refillable container that saves you application time and money.
How it Works
Niban-FG 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-FG, 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-FG doesn’t depend on toxicity to kill, insects cannot become immune to it, ever.
The Science Behind Niban-FG
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.
How are borates “green”?
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 seawater, 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.
- Niban-FG Specimen Label / SDS (Acrobat PDF)