In a world plagued by problems, mosquitoes keep cropping up as the first-and-foremost one in need of solving. Last week, it was a sticker that renders its wearer invisible to the buggers. This week, it’s potential drones released on the insectoid butts of these less-than-desirables.
Yep, you read that correctly. The state of Florida, that paradise of marshy wetlands i.e. mosquito breeding grounds, is gearing up for an experiment involving aerial drones. Certainly a step further than the old, tried-and-true spray-Off-everywhere method of fighting mosquitoes.
The major issue with mosquito eradication is two-fold. First, the sheer number of the insects is overwhelming. Secondly, they breed pretty much anywhere there’s shallow water. A swampy state like Florida, which comes with a side of warm climate, is like a college bar on free drinks night. As a result, larvae are everywhere. The best way to eradicate them is to destroy the actual larvae, before they’ve got pairs of working wings.
So the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District plans to use a Maveric drone (built by Condor Aerial) packing a shortwave infrared camera to find the pools where larvae are probably getting their nutrients to grow up to be big bad bloodsuckers, just like their parents.
At the moment, the drone, which was created for military use/law enforcement, will just be equipped with a camera. The actual destruction of the larvae comes later, but a future of weapon-wielding drones charged with destroying mosquitoes is sounding less and less like a fictional one.
The experiment will take place later this month.
Check out the amusingly over-the-top, oddly intense marketing video for the drone below.
Via IEEE Spectrum