Last month, we told you that a former employee of Miller Trophy Room had been indicted
in the Eastern District of North Carolina on federal charges relating to the alleged relabeling, misuse and misapplication of a registered pesticide. According to the indictment
, Miller Trophy Room's "proprietary formula" trophy preservative was nothing more than the registered pesticide Termidor SC (a trade name for Fipronil
), produced by BASF, which Miller's diluted and applied to game mounts as a preservative to prevent insect damage. Fipronil is not licensed for use inside buildings except in enclosed wall voids.
Not surprisingly, that report unleashed a flurry of phone calls and emails from subscribers wanting clear answers about how dangerous this chemical is and what to do if the charges are true and Fipronil was used on their trophies. Unfortunately, clear, concise answers are very difficult to come by. Frankly, at this point we aren't sure that even a trained chemist or chemical engineer could give clear answers. But here's what we know so far.....