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.
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.
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Two topics that have been receiving plenty of media attention lately, especially in the past few months: 1. The spread of the zika virus and its negative effect on pregnant women and their unborn children; and 2. The impact drones are having on business and service sectors.
These two newsworthy topics, which seem unrelated, are now the focus of one very helpful enterprise; treating zika-capable mosquitoes with the help of drone technology.
Zika versus Drones
According to NBC News, much needed funding is now in place to aid in the development of working drones to fight against the spread of the Zika virus.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided the necessary funding to WeRobotics, a Delaware company, to develop drones to transport and infiltrate hard-to-reach regions of the world with sterile mosquitoes.
The drones are also being designed to carry lab samples from regions difficult to access in order to have the samples tested in a much quicker time-frame.
Both options are vital in knowing where the mosquitoes are having an impact and by providing the means to significantly control and reduce their population with fast and efficient drone interaction.
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When insects invade your home and yard, it’s time to call in a NJ pest control company to handle the situation. This is especially true with the incidences of the Zika virus escalating throughout the country.
In Miami, fourteen cases of the Zika virus have been reported and the governor has asked for emergency assistance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
According to the CDC, there are currently 1,658 cases of Zika-infected people in the U.S. including Hawaii. Of these cases, 20 percent are located in Florida resulting in a travel alert for anyone, especially pregnant women living in Miami and those who are planning to travel to Miami.
The mosquito-borne vector species (Aedes aegypti) is found in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and 30 U.S. states, which gives them a sizable stronghold and access to a large population for infecting.
There are things you can do to protect your home such as emptying any standing water in your yard, wearing protective clothing, and using insect repellent. As an added precaution, when mosquitoes are buzzing, don’t take a chance that they may be carrying the Zika virus and putting you and your family in jeopardy.
For a thorough inspection and treatment of your property, contact the staff at Stern Environmental Group and let one of our experienced NJ pest control specialists inspect your yard and take action so we keep everyone Zika free.
The population of mosquitoes in New Jersey is increasing at a rapid rate this year because of the wet and cool weather conditions. Mosquitoes are dangerous pests that can cause a wide range of health problems, including the West Nile virus disease. To ensure that the residents in the state are protected from the risks of mosquito-transmitted diseases, the New Jersey Office of Mosquito Control Coordination is making extra efforts to combat the growing mosquito problem.
Mosquito fighters are sent to various parts of New Jersey, including wetlands, swamps, and river plains, to destroy mosquito larvae and exterminate adult mosquitoes. Hundreds of acres of land in Essex and Morris counties have been sprayed with mosquito pesticides from the air as well as on the ground. However, such measures are not sufficient to prevent the occurrences of mosquito-transmitted diseases.
The superintendent of the Division of Mosquito Control in Essex County, Louis Lynch, said that residents have to join efforts with the state to fight the mosquito problem. Residents can help out by getting rid of any standing water in their yards and cleaning their gutters regularly.