Miami trials alternative method of mosquito control

September 7, 2013 by  

Recently, a use for drones has been suggested that few in Miami are likely to find fault with: mosquito control, specifically, the black salt marsh mosquito. Testing began on Monday, September 2, as officials look to come to a conclusion on its effectiveness.

Although not much of a public-health threat, marsh mosquitoes are the most common biting insect in the area and are prolific breeders.

Presently, controlling them is dependent on dispatching Florida Keys Mosquito Control helicopters to drop bacteria granules into breeding pools. This tactic kills about 80% of the mosquitoes at the larva stage. Those mosquitoes from larva pools not found by the helicopters are controlled through spraying. This alternative is becoming increasingly less available as concern for protecting the area’s tropical butterflies grows.

Drones from a small robotics company in Gainesville, are therefore being trailed as the latest weapon in the war on mosquitoes. It is believed that the drones will more quickly and easily find the breeding pools than humans on foot. By increasing mapping efficiency, the helicopters can do a more thorough job of killing off the mosquito larvae, thus reducing the need for spraying adult mosquitoes.

Companies like Prioria Robotics can list the use of drones in the war against mosquitoes as one of the many lesser known applications of the technology. Instructing printing companies to include this use, as well as tracking poachers and monitoring California wildfires in Prioria’s printed materials, will no doubt benefit the company’s images and bottom line.