According to a now famous blog post by Bill Gates, mosquitoes are by far the deadliest animal on the planet in terms of the number of human lives that they claim through disease:
The worst is malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year; another 200 million cases incapacitate people for days at a time. It threatens half of the world’s population and causes billions of dollars in lost productivity annually. Other mosquito-borne diseases include dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.
It turns out that in addition to commercial applications from mining to agriculture, drones are also an effective way to fight the deadly mosquito. At the African Drone Forum today, DJI Enterprise Product Manager Eduardo Rodríguez described a recent project in Tanzania, using a customized DJI spraying drone to attack mosquitos at the source.
Improvements in malaria death figures have been made by the use of residual spraying and long-lasting insecticide treated nets indoors – but the tide may be turning in the wrong direction, as mosquitos develop resistance to commercial…