Hydramethylnon is an organic chemical compound and is in a chemical class called trifluoromethyl aminohydrazone, which is a metabolic inhibitor. It is used primarily as an insecticide in the form of baits for cockroaches and ants. Hydramethlynon is found in products by trade name Maxforce, including Maxforce roach gel, Maxforce insect bait, and Maxforce Complete.
Hydramethylnon's powerful delayed-action makes it an ideal active ingredient for bait products. While traditional insecticides such as organophosphates, carbamates and pyrethroids affect the nervous system and quickly produce nerve excitation and convulsions, hydramethylnon works gradually as a metabolic poison. After a single feeding by target insects, there are no immediate symptoms of poisoning. Within a few hours, however, the insects become lethargic and stop eating. This condition progresses until the insects die within 24 to 72 hours.
Hydramethylnon is most active against energetic insects, and its speed of kill increases with an increase in temperature and insect activity.
Years of research demonstrate that hydramethylnon is one of the most effective active ingredients for roach and ant baits, and have shown no signs of resistance. Hydramethylnon controls target insects with a single feeding. It is effective in the control of roaches and ants because both insects serve as carriers of the active ingredient to harborages and colonies.