Why I Love Niban

Niban shaker http://pestcemetery.com/How many pest control products can you find that are labeled for indoor and outdoor use, can withstand 4” of rain and won’t mold, don’t degrade in heat or sunlight, no known resistance, can be used in a power duster (except California) to treat large areas, can be scattered liberally (see label) in and under hard to access areas, has a long residual, can be used in food handling establishments and is effective against a myriad of pests including snails and slugs?

Well, the truth is there aren’t a whole lot of pest control products out there that fit this bill. Niban however does all this and more. If you’ve never tried this product it may be something you want to consider. You might learn to love it too, just like me.

A Versatile Leader

Niban is a 5% Orthoboric Acid granule product. Theres FG which stands for ‘fine granule’ which comes in it’s own handy dandy squeeze bottle and Niban Granular which is a chunkier granule sold by the bag or shaker type bottle. Made by Nisus, a world leader in Borate technology it is the #1 selling granular bait in the country.


Besides it’s killing power what I love about Niban is all the places I can apply it and the ease in which I can do so. The ready to use shaker for Niban Granular makes putting an exterior barrier around a home a snap. 6 ounces per 100 square feet is all you need so since I’m just generally just interested in the immediate perimeter (2 to 4 foot band) I use very little per the average home. Obstacles like wood decks, sidewalk cracks or up under the siding get a quick squeeze of the FG and my barrier is set for a very long time. (3 months for the most part) For exterior use, you’re only limited by your imagination. (and the label of course). Stumps, ant trails, mounds, fire wood piles, flower beds, landscaping and whole lawns.


Inside you’re Niban treatment is pretty flexible as well. Now you won’t want to ‘shake’ a bunch of the Granular (larger Niban FG squeeze bottle http://pestcemetery.com/granule) around but the FG can be devastating to pests while still being a low risk application. Apply liberally, scattering/dusting under and behind refrigerator, cooler, stove, sink, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer tubs; counters; into openings around drains, water pipes and electrical conduits; and in cracks and crevices along baseboards and corners of cabinets, counter tops,cupboards, and closets. Remove all lower drawers in kitchen and bathroom cabinets,bedroom dressers and chests of drawers, then scatter/dust liberally in drawer wells. Any bait visible after application must be brushed into cracks and crevices or removed.

Attics And Crawl Spaces

Attics and crawls can be so difficult to treat. In the old days dusts were used (and probably still today) but I always worried about people (like me) crawling through that stuff. With Niban your fears can be relieved and whole areas can quickly and easily be made by simply using Niban FG in your power duster instead of dusts. The heat of the attic is of little effect and that moist crawl space won’t degrade your efforts the way it it would with a dust or spray.

I Buy It Buy It By The Case

For me, I use a lot of Niban so I buy the Granular in a big ol box and then use a shaker for my exterior treatments. I love the FG but the bottles are a bit to big to lug around and the nozzle can get easily clogged with the many different ways I have to manipulate the bottle. So I simply keep a squeeze bottle handy and fill my puff duster as needed. The bottles mouth is the perfect size to fit right into my uncapped duster so I never spill a single granule. This makes my life so much easier as I can uncork my duster, give a puff here and there and just move on to finish my account.

I wish someone would pay me for these endorsements but alas, no such luck. It is however one of my most asked questions on my Ask The Bug Doctor feature of my site so I thought I’d just share with you–why I love Niban.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • stevej31088

    Thanks for the post! I’m a big fan of it too. Nyban or MotherEarth are easily the best product for Earwigs.

  • That and moisture control–can’t beat it!

    Thanks for reading my blog.

  • TG

    my company recently started using Niban. I use it on every house now that has earwig/snail-slug/ant problems and my retreats (free call backs) have gone down at least 50%. For the DIY crowd I would highly recommend it.