Mosquito Tracking Drones: Florida Officials Will Use Bird-Shaped ‘Maveric’ To Mount Attack Against State’s Bug Problem [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on August 14, 2013 5:57 PM EDT

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Mosquito tracking drones could be used to track mosquito populations in Florida. (Photo: Reuters)

Mosquito tracking drones could be the answer to Florida's pesky bug problem, where state residents are plagued by 40 buzzing, biting mosquito species. Because in the golden age of innovation, a simple fly-swatter just won't do.

Even though the mosquito tracking drones won't have to battle giant mutant bugs like those in "Starship Troopers," Florida's mosquito problem is nothing to scoff at. In fact, the Sunshine State's mosquitoes are so scary, some are even hairy-legged, feed on fish and tadpoles and pack a walloping punch when they bite. The state's anti-pest campaign dates back to 1929, when officials, in an effort to to curb the pesky bug situation, erected a bat tower near a mosquito-infested area. Unfortunately, the bats abandoned their posts.

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Fast-forward to today, when advancements in unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, technology allows the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to consider using mosquito tracking drones to slay the buzzing beast.

Phys.org reports that Florida Keys Mosquito Control will use the battery-powered Maveric drone, a bird-shaped UAV that can fly up to 90 minutes at a time, weighs just 2.2 pounds and is fitted with infrared cameras. The district will test the mosquito tracking drones later this month.

We're a little disappointed to find out that the mosquito tracking drones will not be used to actually kill the mosquitoes (we pictured an army of Maverics with flame-torches clearing Florida of mosquitoes one swamp at a time). Instead, officials will use the drones to locate bug-infested areas, like pools of shallow water, and then go in on foot to clear them.

"Once the pools are found, ground action would begin, with attacks on these pests at the larval stage with larvicides," Phys.org reports.

Here's a few video clips from YouTube of the Maveric drone, which Florida will use as mosquito tracking drones, taking flight:

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