Mosquito drone ‘Condor Aerial Maveric’ to help spot breeding grounds, aid spraying and extermination

Help combating mosquitos could be on the way in Florida.

Florida mosquito agencies will start testing drones Monday to help look for mosquito breeding grounds.

Workers will fly the “Condor Aerial Maveric” drone for 90 minutes in Marathon in the Keys, using its infrared camera to try and spot shallow areas of water.

The goal is to see how much land the high flying machine can cover and how quickly it can spot areas where mosquitoes may lay their eggs, so inspectors can spray and kill the larvae.

Officials will also look to see if the drone can see shallow water either out in the open or under mangroves.

The test comes days after several people across south Florida were diagnosed with Dengue fever.

Seven cases were reported in Martin County.

Three of those were in the Rio area, while the rest were reported in Jensen Beach.

Miami Dade county health authorities confirmed their first case of the year several days ago.

Lab results came back positive with Dengue fever for an 18 year old male.

All the patients have since recovered.

Condor Aerial, which owns the drone, supplies the Canadian military with the machine for missions in Afghanistan.

If all goes well with the test,  Florida Mosquito District officials could purchase the machine, which could cost up to $80,000.00 dollars.

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