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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many acres can a Parabug operator cover in a day?
    Depending on proximity between ranches and weather conditions, an operator can generally cover 300-500 acres in a day.
  • How long can the drone fly for?
    Although different drone platforms have different flight times, the drone most commonly used by Parabug operators has a flight time of 20-30 minutes.
  • How does Parabug compare to traditional hand applications?
    Parabug is as effective as traditional hand applications. With the added benefit of being able to access fields in wet conditions as well as being much more uniform than hand applications.​
  • Who supplies the beneficial insects?
    Parabug allows the grower to choose whose beneficials they would like to use. Operators can either order the bugs or the grower can chose to provide them. Parabug does not have any exclusivity but we do have a list of preferred vendors that we can provide to the grower.
  • What does the service cost?
    Cost varies by region and service provider but in general, costs are in the range of $16-25 per acre for application.
  • What is the mortality or survivability of the bugs being dropped via a drone?
    Parabug has applied various beneficials on thousands of acres of various crops. This experience has provided a qualitative assessment that Parabug is equivalent to hand application in regards to efficacy. However, Parabug is working on third party quantitative research.
  • How high and how fast does the drone fly?
    Altitude and speed depend on the beneficials being applied and the crop that they are being applied to. Typically Parabug is flown between 10-20 feet above the ground at a speed between 10-20 miles per hour.
  • Are independent service providers FAA certified and insured?
    All independent Parabug service providers are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. All are certified by the FAA and are fully insured.
  • Can I schedule a demo and how do I do so?
    Parabug and/or the independent operators can provide a free demo at a time and place convenient to you. Please contact us to schedule a demo via the contact us tab.
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