I apologize, I thought I did respond to your question.
I am in the process of evaluating the eco-wood treatments on various un-finished wood stock and will be sharing the preservative results as the months and even years pass.
I also did my treatments and then dried the hive materials for days prior to installing them with honey bees. Others were installed “wet” and fresh-dipped inside and out to see any obvious impact on the bees. Just because there were no dead bees in the hive or on the landing board wouldn’t present any meaningful conclusions, however, if there was indeed a die-off I’d certainly sound the alarm bells.
I also don’t want anyone to misunderstand your comment here “received assistance from the company to promote the product” I have no collaboration with anyone selling or manufacturing Eco-Wood, and there is no encouragement for me to “promote” the product. I am completely independent in my review of this wood preservative. They responded to my questions and assure me that beehives are one of the many uses for Eco-Wood inside and out.
As I mentioned to you before, please share evidence you have that this formula harms honey bees when used on or in hive equipment. If you or anyone else is concerned, then it’s something you’ll want to avoid just for peace of mind.
Material Safety Data Sheets are directed at the product in its dry/concentrated form, as in the packet prior to mixing. There are many natural and organic materials that are dangerous when concentrated. I encourage everyone to do homework and seek scientific sources for further information.
It’s not surprising that a company won’t disclose its complete material list and components which results in a preservative that works. They often have proprietary methods or ratios that if disclosed would just result in other companies making and marketing their own versions of the same product.
That seems understandable to me anyway. So the key for me was the other beekeepers who use it and have been doing so for many years without negative results. Meaning that their hives with and hives without the Eco-Wood treatments are producing equally with all other factors remaining the same. So it basically comes down to if you like the appearance and if it indeed does preserve the wood.
My plan is simply to observe how long the wood lasts here in my high rain, high snow, rapid temp fluctuation environment, and share the results. There are no goals for me other than to wait and see how it works.
I have no current information that would make me cautious about Eco-Wood, yet my mind remains open to any scientific studies or findings. If I discover that it’s harmful to honey bees when used as directed, I’ll absolutely share that as well.
Thanks for inviting me to comment Fred