Top Choice Ant Granules
TopChoice Granular Insecticide with Fipronil gives long term control for ants, fire ants, molecrickets, fleas and ticks.
Top Choice Granules are no longer available.
Fipronil (the active ingredient in Top Choice granules) has proven effective when
combating ants (including fireants), fleas and other pests for periods longer
than other insecticide granules. This active ingredient controls or kills
targeted pests at much lower rates than older, conventional insecticides.
A good example of new pest control products with smaller yet more effective
active ingredients would be to compare Diazinon granules with Top Choice
Many people are familiar with Fipronil granules sold under a different brand name for ant control: Over'n Out! Fireant Granules. There are three major differences in Over'n Out and Top Choice granules:
Pests Controlled by Top Choice
Besides fire ants, Top Choice is labeled for the control of other lawn pests such as ants, fleas, ticks and molecrickets. These Fipronil granules provide longest residual (control time) for fire ants. Control of molecrickets, fleas, ticks will be longer than other insecticide granules but for shorter periods when controlling fire ants. TopChoice controls fireants for up to one year, molecrickets for up to four months, nuisance ant pests (other than fire ants) up to three months, fleas and ticks for about one month.
Top Choice Fire Ant Control
Fire ants are active most of the year in areas where they are a pest. During cooler seasons these pests are more active and are more likely to respond to your pest management operations. Top Choice can be applied at any time of year but for best results, apply the granules in Spring of the year of Autumn. Spring time is the best for optimal control. As with any long-term ant control product, your best results will be seen by applying the product just prior to the ants most active period or at first sign of infestation. During hot summer months fire ants are visible and are indeed active.
Fipronil, the active ingredient in TopChoice granules, is a slow-acting
insecticide. This means that you will not usually see immediate results
after application. This slow action is an advantage
when getting rid of ants and fire ants. The social life of an ant
colony is an important to remember when controlling the pests. Ants do
indeed "socialize" in their daily routines, constantly touching each
other. This constant and repetitive contact will rapidly spread the
insecticide throughout the colony of ants. Once an ant has contaminated
itself by foraging through areas treated with Fipronil or has fed on objects in
the treated area, the ant will spread Fipronil to each ant it comes into contact
with and these ants will spread to insecticide to other ants. If the
insecticide were to work too fast, far fewer ants would be affected, lessening
the effect of the product. Slow acting Fipronil will
give you a more thorough kill of the fire ant colony. With Fipronil,
slower is better; slower is more effective.
When Top Choice granules are applied to fire ant infested lawns, golf courses, etc., there will be an immediate kill that severely inhibits the ant colony's ability to function and survive. The long residual provided by Fipronil granules kills "stragglers" that managed to temporarily escape. This goes a long way to prevent them from re-establishing healthy colonies. The long residual also helps to prevent other ants from migrating to the treated area. In nature, voids are rarely permanent. When one ant colony or one ant species is eliminated or even severely curtailed, another ant or ants will try to fill the void. Top Choice will prevent fire ants from rebuilding for up to a year and will kill other nuisance ants for about three months.
For best results, apply Top Choice granules in spring of the year or at first sign that fire ants are in the area. If you miss this prime window of opportunity, you can still apply the granules to fire ant infested grounds. Applications made in heat of summer or when fireant colonies are already established will work but you must be patient as control will take more time. Fire ants are less active in hot weather but will still need to forage during this time period and will come into contact with the Fipronil that has bonded to the soil through which they must travel.
Apply Top Choice through a type of rotary spreader for best results. Trying to apply fipronil granules (or any lawn granules) by hand (without a spreader) will result in poor coverage. You want to make sure that the proper amount of insecticide granules are distributed evenly over the effected area. Gaps in protection will lead to poor control or even failure to kill the targeted pest.
Flea and Tick Control
The active ingredient (Fipronil) in Top Choice
is the same active ingredient in Frontline Top Spot
and Frontline Spray used for flea and tick
control on dogs and cats, but used at a much lower rate. There are two
important points to consider from this: Frontline has proven to kill fleas and
ticks without harming pets treated with Fipronil. The amount of Fipronil
in TopChoice is even lower than products used to treat pets.
Molecricket Control with Top Choice
When using Top Choice granules to control molecrickets,
establish a prevention program rather than a knee-jerk reaction. Be
patient: product works best when applied at the correct time of year and
development stages of young molecrickets.
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