Drones join the fight against the tiger mosquito

tiger mosquito

Many are the people who believe that the tiger mosquito, scientifically known as'Aedes albopictus'is just an ordinary mosquito that can do little harm. We are really facing a species native to Asia that, according to experts, can transmit serious diseases such as dengue.

Until recently in Spain there was no such thing as the tiger mosquito, specifically it was not until 2004 when this species was finally located mainly in San Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona), the city from which has been spreading throughout the Mediterranean arc mainly thanks to the enormous traffic of cars and trucks in the area, which, without knowing it, have helped it to expand throughout the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

The authorities add the use of drones to combat the tiger mosquito pests present in the Mediterranean arc.

As for the ways to neutralize it, until now it was working mainly with thermal fogging systems from the ground, although now they are being used two different types of drones, one equipped with a camera, specially developed to locate possible foci in hard-to-reach areas while the second drone model is being used to fumigate the insecticide, normally between 1 and 2 liters of product per hectare traveled, enough so that, with an autonomy of half an hour, can spread up to 20 liters of insecticide.

As a final tool, experts are beginning to place nesting boxes of bats throughout the area since, apparently and as has been confirmed, these mammals are capable of consume up to 1.000 mosquitoes in a single night which makes them one of the most interesting animals to fight against this plague.


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