The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District in Southern California is using drones to combat the surge in mosquitoes caused by heavy rain. The drones release bacteria-filled pellets to kill mosquito larvae in marshes, large ponds, and parks. Traps have captured three times the average number of mosquitoes, prompting the use of more precise treatments that avoid trampling through sensitive lands. The drone can treat 1 acre of land in under two minutes, compared to over an hour of hiking by a worker with a backpack sprayer. The anti-mosquito treatment is not harmful to other wildlife.
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