Granular fipronil products have been available for imported fire ant control for several years. However, product labels have changed:
1) Garden Tech’s Over ‘N Out! Fire Ant Killer product no longer contains fipronil. Packaging released in 2010 lists 0.20% bifenthrin (a pyrethroid insecticide) as the active ingredient instead. This active ingredient switch occurred as a result of an action by the Environmental Protection Agency (Federal Registrar ).
2) Top Choice Insecticide, containing 0.0143% fipronil, is still available. However, the current label classifies this product as a RESTRICTED USE insecticide (signal word: CAUTION), meaning that only persons with a pesticide applicator’s license can purchase this insecticide.
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