Firm dumps mosquitoes in Zika-affected regions

Nov 27, 2017, 6:15 AM EST
(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr)

As the world frets over how to control the menace of Zika, a robotics startup is using its drones to dump a large population of sterile mosquitoes in the affected regions. The idea is to outnumber the fertile males with the sterile ones to squeeze breeding and check the numbers of mosquito-borne viruses including Zika and others.

WeRobotics claims that its technique has an edge over traditional methods such as fumigation or use of insecticide as it doesn’t harms the environment, writes Digital Trends.

Use of drones for the release of mosquitoes is economical and has its own merits in the areas where Zika-control efforts are hampered by poor road infrastructure, notes Spectrum

TAGS: WeRobotics