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.
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