Combat products contain one of two active ingredients: hydramethylnon or fipronil. While these chemicals are deadly to ants and roaches, Combat Bait Stations, Bait Strips, and Gel Baits have been shown to have a low order of toxicity. They are considered “relatively non-hazardous and virtually non-toxic” to people and pets as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Combat baits are child resistant and, if handled and used according to package directions, pose few hazards. However, if handled improperly, direct or prolonged contact with the eyes or skin can cause mild-to-moderate irritation. If contact does occur, eyes should be rinsed with plenty of water for 15 minutes and a doctor should be contacted if irritation persists. If there is contact with the skin, rinse the affected area with soap and water.
According to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), ingestion or inhalation of Combat products is “not a likely route of exposure.” However, in such cases discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, or respiratory irritation may result. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Combat Help Line at 1-800-426-6228.