New Drone Target: Mosquitoes
They'll try to find breeding areas in Florida Keys
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 2:41 PM CDT
File photo of a mosquito.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, FILE)

(Newser) – The ever-expanding list of drone targets now includes mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. The drones won't be zapping or spraying the bugs, but rather looking for their breeding areas, reports the Miami Herald. The idea is to have the camera-equipped drones buzz into remote thickets and pinpoint the breeding areas of the prolific black salt marsh mosquito. At that point, human crews would follow up and destroy the developing larva.

“Our people on the ground have to walk an hour to a marsh and find out what’s there,” says an official with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District. “If something like this could allow them to map where the water is, we could move a lot more quickly.” Testing began yesterday. Parks officials in Ottawa, meanwhile, find that drones can help keep geese off the local beaches.

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Aug 29, 2013 8:29 PM CDT
Bigger drones should be equipped to fire those pond bricks that kill larva. I could see someone in a control pod like they do for Predator units in Miami and Nevada. It identifies a suspect pond and you fire a biscuit at it. Or, you could just do like we do in Little Dixie and dispose of your used motor oil in such sites. Them little buggies don't stand a chance against that.
Aug 28, 2013 3:49 AM CDT
Perhaps we could use drones to locate and eliminate anything with a HOODIE
Aug 27, 2013 9:17 PM CDT
Drone is a buzz word now. Its a camera looking at mosquitos. These cameras have been in NFL for years.