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Drones Move in to Fight Mosquito Problems

Operation Stop Mosquito Is Now In Action, Over.
Operation Stop Mosquito Is Now In Action, Over.

Will state-level NJ pest control efforts soon take advantage of available drone technology to target mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses? California is putting drone tactics into effect beginning this summer in hopes of gaining an upper-hand on the mosquito menace, and to further curb the spread of dangerous and potentially deadly pathogens including Zika and West Nile.

Lookout Below
Flying drones up to 400 feet in the air to spray the area below, drone technology has enormous potential for improved mosquito control, treating areas impossible to reach in the past. Cheaper and faster to implement than other mosquito control measures, it allows easier access to difficult terrain which would otherwise involve hours of difficult travel by foot or via amphibious vehicles. It also reduces environmental impact via more targeted control measures.

Scouting with ‘Skeetercopters’
Rutgers University is already experimenting with several mosquito control drones, including a heavy-lift hexacopter built on a carbon-fiber frame for less than $5,000. Its on-board equipment, which includes a camera, GPS, sonar, barometer, magnetometer, gyros, accelerometers, and telemetry to name a few.

Skeetercopter capabilities include aerial pest control measures, mapping of terrains, monitoring the weather, assessing water conditions, and surveillance. Capabilities also include intelligence gathering, such as trap setup and collection for the study of these potential vectors for disease-causing pathogens.

Ensure the safety of your family from mosquito-borne illness. Contact the NJ pest control experts at Stern Environmental today.

Insects Are the Inspiration of These Unusual Drones

Inspiration For Drones
Inspiration For Drones

One man’s pest is another man’s inspiration. Think about the strength to body weight ratio of ants, or the flight speed and reaction time of a common housefly. Scientists have been thinking hard about how to unlock the incredible physics in insect bodies to create powerful drones for military and other purposes.

Insect models have inspired drone technology in various ways:

Flies: The fast and lightweight fly has inspired some of the tiniest flying robots. One prototype developed by BAE systems even has a body and wings that resemble a fly. These little drones can weigh less an ounce, yet carry powerful surveillance tools.

Hornets: These hovering creatures have inspired drones that fly like helicopters. The Black Hornet system developed by Prox Dynamics includes a base station and two hornet drones that capture live video and take high-def photos. In rugged and rural terrain, military units can send Black Hornets to places they cannot otherwise access.

Termites: Humans think of termites as a force of destruction, but those pests are actually building their own nests underground after they chew up wood. Researchers have found inspiration in termites to program small drones that can work on construction projects without people on-site.

Bug science sure can be fascinating! Even still, nobody wants mother nature’s drones entering their household. Think of Stern Environmental when you need help from pest experts.