Important Update on How to Get Beetles

Important Update on How to Get Beetles

Who produces air potato beetles? Air potato beetles are reared (produced) by the biological control lab at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Plant Industry (DPI) in Gainesville Florida. They can rear about 50,000 beetles...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...