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  1. #1
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    A while back I emailed Valent Biosciences using this form.

    http://www.valentbiosciences.com/con...ntact_us_4.asp

    and requested they work on getting xen-tari approved for wax moth. The guy that responded was interested and seemed to have little knowledge about beekeepers need to control wax moths. He asked some questions and I answered as best I could but have not heard any thing else. It could be a good idea to send email to let them know it would be a worthwhile market to enter. Here is one question he asked I had a hard time comming up with an answer for.

    "How much product would the average bee keeper need per year to control this pest?"

    Hopefully approval wouldn't backfire to where it would be as expensive as Certain, but I would think they couldn't really raise the price like that when they already sell the same thing for vegetable crops.

  2. #2
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    I talked with a few folks at Valent
    reqarding approval of Xen Tari for
    wax worms in beekeeping. I told
    them that the market is not a small
    one, nor is is a large one.

    The reality is the product is really
    only attractive to smaller bee operations.
    Larger operations scoff at the idea of
    spraying every comb when they can pack
    1000's of boxed into a building and
    gas them. I don't blame them.

    I hung a new 14 x 13 door yesterday for
    a beekeeper that runs 6,000 colonies and
    is headed back to Texas this week. I did
    mention Bt and he had no interest due to
    the labor issue.

  3. #3
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    Good point Bruce,
    Anyone care to calculate the number of small to sideling operations and the amounts they could use?

    In TN, thats really all we have, but you see bee hives all over the place.

  4. #4
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    Sundance:

    What kind of gas is used? Is this like ethylene oxide or something?
    \"It is an Ill Wind that Blows no Minds...\"

  5. #5
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    I believe it is ainsof....... the one
    I am referencing hires an exterminator
    to come in.

  6. #6
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    Whew... "EO" is really nasty stuff, but it kills everything.
    \"It is an Ill Wind that Blows no Minds...\"

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