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Keith's Pro Tips

"When using Hydramethylnon in granule bait form, use the right spreader for the situation. When spreading over a large yard, a push spreader may be best. For a smaller area or around flowerbeds and garden areas, a hand spreader would be a better choice."


One of the most effective pest control active ingredients is a formula known as Hydramethylnon. This active ingredient is known to be great for treating infestations of a variety of insects, most notably ants and cockroaches.

On this page, we will share some information about Hydramethylnon and why it works so well to wipe out pest infestations. You can also shop our recommended Hydramethylnon-based pesticides which we have in stock.

What Is Hydramethylnon?

Hydramethylnon is an organic pesticide active ingredient from the trifluoromethyl aminohydrazone chemical class. Hydramethylnon functions as a metabolic inhibitor.

Hydramethylnon is commonly used in ready-to-use insecticides to control ants and cockroaches and other insects. This makes the product very convenient for homeowners and DIY novices.

Hydramethylnon is also used in a wide variety of professional pesticide products and in various formulations, These include foaming products, granular products, gel baits, liquid concentrates.

How Does Hydramethylnon Work?

Hydramethylnon is an active ingredient that affects the metabolism of the target insect. Typically, most insecticides kill insects by interfering and damaging the nervous system, causing the pest to be overstimulated, often with convulsions and disorientation. Hydramethylnon, on the other hand, targets the insect's metabolic system.

The attack on the metabolism of the target pest zaps the insect of their energy, so much so that they are unable to perform basic normal everyday functions for survival like eating and self-grooming.

Benefits of Hydramethylnon

Hydramethylnon is slow-acting, with death in the target insect occurring between 24 to 72 hours. This delayed action allows for insects exposed to the active ingredient to return to the nest among the population and spread Hydramethylnon to others, thereby creating a domino effect that kills off the entire infestation.

Use Hydramethylnon products when you wish to tackle indoor pest problems in particular such as cockroach and ant infestations.

Drawbacks of Hydrametylnon

Because Hydramethylnon has a delayed effect, you may not see the desired reduction or elimination to the insect population right away. It takes time for the product to reach the other insects not exposed to the active ingredient via contact or sharing bait.

Do not apply in areas where the Hydramethylnon can be affected by the elements like rainfall or where there is excess moisture as it may lessen it's effectiveness.

Is Hydramethylnon Safe?

Hydramethylnon is safe to use when applied according to label directions. It has been classified by the EPA as being a low threat when it comes to toxicity to humans, pets and birds. As long as you follow the safety instructions on the label, you will not be harmed by the product.

Regardless, it is still important to wear protective safety equipment when applying Hydramethylnon to protect against the product being inhaled, coming into contact with your skin or eye contact.

Whenever you use any of our products here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we always recommend keeping children and pets away from the area being treated until the application product has completely dried which usually takes a half-hour to an hour.

What To Expect

Spreading granules

Hydramethylnon products mainly target ant infestations and cockroach invasions. These products are spread in areas where there is heavy ant or roach activity The target insect then picks up the bait and take it back to the nests to feed the queens and eggs, wiping out the entire insect population.

As mentioned earlier, Hydramethylon is a slow-acting active ingredient so you may not see an immediate impact. Do not be alarmed as the product will take time to spread around and kill the population. For very severe infestations reapplications may be necessary every 10 to 14 days until you see significantly less insect activity.

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Maxforce Complete Insect Bait- Maxforce Complete is another excellent product in the Maxforce brand line of insect baits. This product packs a powerful punch, combining Hydramethylnon with an arsenal of proteins, complex carbohydrates and simple sugars. Designed to be highly attractive to a long list of insects, this product works well on ants, silverfish, cockroaches and more.

Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait - Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait is a granular bait that has a unique combination of chemicals that controls Fire Ants by using a stomach poison and insect growth regulator. This powerful one, two punch has proven to be one of the most effective ways to kill Fire Ants. This product is not registered in all states, please call for registration verification.

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