Florida Wants To Use Drones To Fight Mosquitoes

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According to Phys.org the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is evaluating how realistic it could be to use drones aka "unmanned aerial vehicles" in the battle against Mosquitoes. Hell yeah, science!

The battery powered war machines would weight less than two pounds and be equipped with tiny infrared cameras, apparently an alternative to option number one which was flying Yorkie's with laser collars -- which would have been way more awesome.

These drones would be capable of can exploring areas using surveillance capabilities that humans (even the Duck Dynasty guys) aren't capable of, such as swamps and shallow-water pools -- 'Merica! These drones could find the places mosquitoes are socializing and breeding, then alert a ground team as to their whereabouts, kind of like TMZ operates, only take out the Justin Bieber and add insects. The main goal of this entire Terminator drone will be to stop mosquitoes from breeding, and as an added plus if it works, we can use similar technology on all the Kardashians.

The program would cost roughly $1.4 million to get off the ground.

"We're positioning Florida with a foothold in a new industry," Space Florida President Frank DiBello told his board of directors, according to Florida Today. "This is a thing that's good for the evolution of the aerospace industry in the state and we need to take that action and move on it."

In June the FAA confirmed it had given the first ever OK for the use of unmanned aircraft for commercial drone use, the Scan Eagle X200 and Aero Vironment's PUMA, will be used to watch wildlife and environmental conditions off the Alaskan coast, where manned surveillance is often impossible.

Bottom line is, prepare for your demise, Mosquitoes -- you're not welcome in Florida any longer.

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