Spring Is Here!

Well, for most of Florida it is, and in South Florida it never really left as far as air potato is concerned. We wanted to let you know that the Air Potato Patrol program is back and we are here to help answer all of your questions. We are working hard to inform...

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Air Potato Beetle Distribution Update

The following is an update on how the air potato beetles will be distributed at the current time, from Emily Kraus, head of the beetle rearing program: We would like to make the public aware of extensive changes to the air potato beetle shipping program. The beetle...

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A Week In The Life Of A Beetle Rancher

Rosemary Murray is an OPS Laboratory Technician IV in the Methods Development & Biological Control Department, Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. That's a really long name for someone who helps to raise air potato...

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Air Potato Patrol Update on COVID-19

To all our valued Citizen Scientists, The current situation with the COVID-19 virus has affected all of us in one way or another. We wanted to let you know that we are still here to answer your questions about air potato and how to control it. We have had to...

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Air Potato Patrol Updates January 2020

Greetings Air Potato Patrol! We wanted to update you on what we have planned for this coming spring and summer and share some information you will hopefully find useful. First: If you have any questions or want to contact us, the best way to do so is through our email...

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Program Updates for 2020

The following is an update for this coming year’s air potato beetle release program. The beetles will be available to Florida and other Gulf Coast State residents during spring and summer 2020, but there have been some changes to how they will be distributed. The air...

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We’re Having a Contest!!

Working at the Air Potato Biological Control Program in Gainesville is a lot of fun! Many of you know what the beetles look like, and maybe you ordered and released them in the past, but do you know who actually gets to raise them for you?? Today they had a contest to...

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Air Potato Beetle Testing

We still get questions and read comments on Facebook from people who are concerned that the air potato beetles they release in their yard are going to eat their lawn or landscape plants. They worry that if the beetles run out of air potato vines they will begin to...

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How To Order Air Potato Beetles

The Florida Department of Agriculture’s DPI lab in Gainesville is once again raising air potato beetles that residents can order free of charge. To help minimize overhead and shipping, they prefer to ship your beetles to your local UF/IFAS Extension office, and have...

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for FDACS-DPI mass rearing and release of Lilioceris cheni funded, in part, by a Cooperative Agreement from United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).