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Florida to Test Drones for Mosquito Search and Destroy

Is there anything worse than mosquitoes? Yes. Lots of things. But mosquitoes are pretty bad. Besides being buzzy and itchy and annoying, they can transmit nasty diseases including malaria and West Nile virus, even in civilized (mostly) places like Florida. The issue with mosquitoes is that they're everywhere, and if you've ever tried to get rid of even one mosquito, you can imagine how hard mass eradication is. In Florida, they're about to experiment with aerial drones to see if they can help. The secret to mosquito eradication seems to be to tackle them in the larval stage when they live in warm shallow pools of water. With chemicals (or hungry fish), you can get rid of the larvae before they take flight. The issue in places like Florida is that warm and shallow pools of water are absolutely everywhere, and finding them all becomes a real problem. Later this month, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will use a Maveric drone from Condor Aerial equipped with a shortwave infrared camera to see if it's possible to detect pools of water likely to contain mosquito larvae. Once the pools are found, figuratively nuking them is relatively straightforward. Here's some video of the Maveric in action; it's primarily designed for military and law enforcement, but it's exciting to see it starting to drift into civilian and commercial applications:

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13 Aug
IEEE Spectrum @IEEESpectrum
Florida to Test Drones for Mosquito Search and Destroy: Water-spotting UAVs could help make living in Florida ... http://t.co/bJEPrJeTgP