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Maxforce Tick Management System

The Maxforce Tick Management System has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
The following articles will provide tick management, tick control products, Lyme Disease information:

The active ingredient in Tick Management System is Fipronil, which is the same active ingredient found in Taurus SC, Termidor and Frontline.

The Maxforce Tick Management System helps reduce the risk of Lyme Disease by ridding mice of ticks which transmit the disease.  Ticks are capable of transmitting Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and relapsing fever.  Lyme disease is transmitted in the United States by the deer tick, black legged, Gulf coast, American dog, lone star and relapsing fever tick.  Lone star and American dog tick can cause tick paralysis.

In appearance, the tick management device resembles a professional mouse bait station.  [Bait stations were designed as a compartment with a three-fold purpose: keep rodenticides fresh and dry; make baits far less accessible to children and pets; encourage rodents to enter the station.]  Instead of killing the mice, this system kills disease transmitting ticks that attempt to attach themselves to rodents.

How Maxforce Kills Ticks    Killing Mice versus Targeting Ticks     
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Maxforce Tick Management System devices are designed for easy access to mice (and other small rodents) but do not contain mouse poisons.  Instead of feeding on mouse poison, mice that enter the device are treated with a product for tick removal, tick prevention.  The Maxforce box not only contains an insecticide for killing ticks on mice, but also an attractive bait that helps entice the small rodents to willingly enter the device.  As they enter the box through small openings, the mice rub against a wick that contains a low dose insecticide called Fipronil.  The insecticide transfers from the wick to mice that enter the box.  Fipronil insecticide has many uses in the pest control industry but is most popular as the active ingredient in Frontline flea and tick control products for cats and dogs.  A mouse that touches the wick will be treated for ticks, just as Frontline Topspot treats your pet.  A single dosage of Fipronil can keep killing ticks on the mouse for over a month.  Chances are that once mice discover the Maxforce Tick Management box will go back to the box again.  Each time a mouse enters the box, it will receive an additional dose of Fipronil for longer action against disease carrying ticks.
Mice receive a small, safe dose of Fipronil.  This small dose will not harm the mouse and will not harm predators that might eat the mouse.  The Fipronil dose is, however, strong enough to kill ticks on mice.  Each box device lasts about 90 days.  Just two 90 day applications should control the tick population on mice for a full season.

Simply put, mice that enter the Maxforce Tick Management System device are treated with Fipronil, an insecticide that kills ticks known to carry Lyme Disease.
Each Maxforce box is ready to use, containing attractant for mice and wick treated with Fipronil.

Killing Ticks Instead of Mice

Many people are curious as to why they should not concentrate on killing mice but, instead, targeting ticks.  There are certainly situations where reducing rat or mouse populations is necessary.  Techniques and products used for rodent control are discussed on the rodent control information pages.  Removing or killing mice in areas where Lyme Disease is a major problem often does not work.  Studies have shown that killing all the mice in an outdoor area does not leave the area free of rodents for long.  After the area is cleared of mice, it does not take long for other mice to discover the area for themselves.  Rodents are very opportunistic and will readily invade an area that provides shelter and food - and lack of competition. 
Maxforce Tick Management has shown (in tests and actual field studies) to not only reduce the number of ticks in an area but to also reduce the percentage of ticks that are infected with disease.  In the field tests, the number of ticks in the area had been reduced by 97% by the end of the second year of testing.Maxforce Tick Management

Generally, 1 box is placed every 30 feet near the edge of maintained landscaping, woodlots and/or brush.  For specific instructions for Maxforce box placements, read Maxforce Specimen Label (PDF.)

Each case of Maxforce Tick Management System contains 12 individual units.
At this time, this product can only be shipped to customers in AL, CT, DE, IA, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, PA, RI, TN, VT, VA and WI.
Individual units can be purchased for $29.00 each, plus S&H.
Maxforce Tick Management System is $290.00 for case of 12 units, plus S&H. 

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