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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Contest Announcement!!

We have a big announcement for our Air Potato Patrol members- We are having another contest! Last year we held a contest for the best Air Potato Beetle at Work photo, but this time we want to try something a little different. This time we are looking for the best Air...

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July Updates

July Updates

Summer is here- and so are the air potato vines... We are still receiving many e-mails from members who have lots of returning air potato vines with no beetles, or maybe just no beetles yet. Over the last few weeks we have observed the beetles returning to sites all...

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How To Tell If You Have The Beetles?

How To Tell If You Have The Beetles?

Summer is here- and so are the air potato vines... We are still receiving many e-mails from members who have lots of returning air potato vines with no beetles, or maybe just no beetles yet. Over the last few weeks we have observed the beetles returning to sites all...

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July Updates

Spring Is Here!!

How can I tell if I have air potato beetles or not? This is one of the most common questions we receive from our members. Some ways that you can tell are: The leaves have tiny holes chewed into them from beetle larvae..... The leaves are 'skeletonized' from beetle...

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As The Summer Comes To An End…

As The Summer Comes To An End…

Well it is for most of us. And spring means the return of air potato vine and hopefully the beetles. We are beginning to actively promote and monitor the Air Potato Patrol website and e-mails for this season once again, so watch your e-mail and our blog for updates...

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Contest Winners!

Contest Winners!

Fall is here, which means for most people the air potato vines are slowing down and the air potato beetles are preparing to overwinter. If you live in the Panhandle you are probably seeing this, but if you live in South Florida the vines may still be actively growing....

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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).

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