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Air potato beetle larvae: new orders are on hold

Air potato beetle

Air potato vines have become a common sight across most of Florida. Efforts have been underway for many years to control the spread of this invasive, non-native vine. For the past few years, the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) have worked together to make air potato beetle larvae available to the public. These tiny beetle larvae eat air potato vines, effectively slowing their spread.

These little larvae are proving to be so effective, that FDACS currently has a backlog of orders. Please note that FDACS is filling existing orders before taking new orders.

If you would like to order air potato beetle larvae to release on your property, periodically visit the order form website. Be forewarned: the link currently takes you to an error message page. But, don’t worry! This is intentional. When FDACS starts taking orders again, the link will take you to the order form.


2 Comments on “Air potato beetle larvae: new orders are on hold

    • Hi, Bobbie. Unfortunately, as noted in the blog post, the state has put a temporary hold on any new air potato beetle requests until such time as it can get caught up with backlog. And, given there is no pre-determined time for when new requests will be accepted, your best bet is to frequently visit the link noted in the post. Hope that helps!
      – UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County

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