The Florida Keys, in the extreme southeast of the United States, will practice mosquito control with the aid of drones, which for the first time were approved for the task by the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, local media said.
Starting next February, two unmanned aircraft equipped with cameras will be used to spot the kind of stagnant waters where mosquitoes breed.
According to the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, this area of Monroe County has approximately 45 species of mosquitoes, some of which are carriers of such diseases as dengue, malaria and encephalitis.
Michael Doyle, the executive director of that local agency, said that this is the first district in the United States to obtain a permit from the FAA to use drones for that purpose, so they intend to be extremely careful in their use and will keep them far from the airports at Key West and Miami. EFE