Goodbye my Tanglefoot. Will you ever come back?


The other day I wanted to buy Tanglefoot, a natural product that's sticky and you can use it to keep ants etc. from going up your tree and getting your cherries. (They ate 80 of 100 last year.) Not at Home Depot or Lowes but at Amazon. But I was in no rush so I waited for 6 weeks to put together their minimum $49 order and then to my surprise they didn't have the tube anymore, and no one did except a place in Canada that wouldn't ship it to the US, even though they have a store in Rochester. Fortunately Amazon and some others still had a little bucket, which will be harder to use. (Have to use popsicle sticks instead of just squeezing the tube.)
It turns out the company went out of business on Feb 1 and their stock is rapidly being bought out. It's the only product of its kind, and when I bought my house 33 years ago it came with a partly empty tube of Tanglefood, though I can't remember what the seller told me it was for. So it was on the market, with some related products, for 33+ years No, maybe 100 or 130 years.
A Charlotte NC headline 'Tanglefoot shortage gums up Charlotte's cankerworm fight " Company that manufactured it went out of business
Oh, it was Feb of 2015, not just 3 months ago.
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2009/10/125-year-old_tanglefoot_compan.html Back in 2009: 125-year-old Tanglefoot Company of Grand Rapids sold to Contech Enterprises of Canada
And also: "We are out of Tanglefoot but still have all of the other banding supplies in stock. The company that made Tanglefoot went out of business and this year we only sold Tanglefoot that we had from last year’s order. We have not found a worthwhile substitute and have exhausted our sources. We do not know whether or not it will be made next year."
Ah, this is good: Fortunately, the Tanglefoot shortage should be temporary. Consumer gardening giant Scotts Miracle-Gro has purchased the Tanglefoot formula, and production is slated to resume in the spring of 2016, says Leeann Pfleider, Consumer Service Specialist for Scotts.
(But I probably can't wait. First, it will probably take longer than that, and second, the cherries ripen on Memorial day and they get eaten by ants mostly in the last 2 weeks of May. )
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/community/university-city/article44243160.html#storylink=cpy
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On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:10:45 AM UTC-5, Micky wrote:
...you should write a blog...and no one will come! This is up to par with your life story...
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On 5/4/2016 8:10 AM, Micky wrote:

Aparently, rule one of dictator and despotic governments is to make the peasants miserable. Find out what works, and ban it. Freon, spray cans, large cups of soda pop, DDT, and the list goes on.
Rule two, is to interfere with the food supply, and prohibit home grown food, such as your cherry trees.
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On Thu, 5 May 2016 10:01:00 -0400, Stormin Mormon

I don't think the government had anything to do with Tanglefoot going out of business (temporarily, I hope)

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On 5/6/2016 6:49 PM, Micky wrote:

The article didn't say. But then, I'd not expect the main stream media to even hint that the govenment did anything wrong. Unless they could smear Republicans.
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On Fri, 6 May 2016 23:16:34 -0400, Stormin Mormon

That one didn't say but I read a whole lot more, and it was a combination of mismanagement and failure to foresee trends. I think this is the company that owed 13 million with assets of 3 million. The owners from Rapid City Mi. sold it to Conn- something 20 years ago because they said they would keep the 100 employees in town, but by the time the company folded, there were only about 20 employees and all were in small towns in Canada, maybe suburbs of Toronto.
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