Re: Fluvalinate in wax
how is it determined that the chemical is a result of the use in the hive, or the result of the general use of the chemical?
from an epa document: note they say Tau-fluvalinate is not available to home owners which is no longer true as a google search produced many products available over the counter.
Tau-fluvalinate is a broad-spectrum insecticide/miticide in the pyrethroid class of pesticides. It is registered for a single food use (beehives/honey) and several non-food uses, including ornamentals (outdoor and container-grown, greenhouse, interior plantscapes, dip for cuttings), building surfaces/perimeters, ant mounds and certain crops (carrots and brassica/cole crops) grown for seed. Tau-fluvalinate was first registered in one of its earlier forms, racemic fluvalinate, in 1983. With an estimated 11,000 pounds of active ingredient (a.i.) used per year, it has minimal domestic usage. The majority of the usage is in commercial greenhouses and on outdoor field- and container-grown ornamentals. The residential uses are very limited (approximately 600 pounds a.i. annually on spot application to ant mounds and outdoor building perimeters), and no homeowner applications are allowed. Therefore, there is little potential for residential exposure.
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