I think the problem with mosquito helicopter is not that it kills mosquitoes, but that it doesn’t. The mosquito helicopter suffers the same fate as other mosquito repellants. Mosquitoes figure out how to ignore them.
The mosquito helicopter is a clever way to do something that has already failed many times before. It’s like trying to make a better mousetrap: you may have some success, but the question you should be asking yourself is why there are mice in your house in the first place.
There are two ways to get rid of pests: kill them or make them go away. Pest control companies can give you a spray or a trap that will kill any kind of pest, but they tend not to last, because if you create an environment where pests thrive, more pests will come from elsewhere until their population reaches a new equilibrium.
What really works is making your environment inhospitable for whatever you don’t want. If there are no mice in your house, no amount of better mousetraps will lure any in; if there are no mosquitoes in your yard, no amount of mosquito helicopters will bring them back. After we got rid of standing water on our property, we went from being infested with mosquitoes every summer to having
A mosquito helicopter is a device that effectively kills mosquitoes. The basic idea is to attract the mosquitoes with CO2 and either kill them immediately or lead them into a mosquito trap. The first model of mosquito helicopter was developed by Lu Bilig, and it became an instant hit on the Internet.
I believe that a mosquito helicopter can be very effective for killing mosquitoes because it has many advantages:
1. It is much more affordable than other mosquito killers, such as bug sprays and bug zappers; thus, it can be used by people of all income levels.
2. It is very portable and easy to use because it can be powered by AA batteries.
3. It is very quiet and therefore it does not disturb people when they are sleeping or studying; in addition, unlike bug sprays, it does not smell bad at all.
4. It does not contain any chemicals which may cause cancer or other diseases; thus, it poses no health risks to people who use it regularly.”
Before the invention of DDT, malaria and yellow fever killed millions of people every year. Nowadays, no one in the developed world dies from either disease. But, because of the way DDT works, it’s useless to try to use it against malaria and yellow fever without also trying to eradicate mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance even if they don’t infect you with anything. A few days ago I was standing outside a restaurant in San Francisco waiting for my friends to show up, and they were attacking me by the hundreds; I had to keep brushing them away. The only thing that saved me was that they were too small to bite through my clothes.
The question this raises is: couldn’t we kill all mosquitoes? Mosquitoes are small, so presumably we could do it with some sort of mosquito-seeking missile—something like a helicopter that would fly around killing mosquitoes one by one. We could call it a mosquito helicopter.
It wouldn’t be cheap, but then neither is malaria or yellow fever. It might be worth a try.
The mosquito is a lethal killer. Many thousands of people die every year from mosquito borne illnesses. But the mosquito is also a fragile creature, easily killed by anything from insecticide to an electric grid.
If you could build a device that killed mosquitoes, you would save many lives. One way to do it would be to build a flying robot that hunted down mosquitoes and killed them with lasers or poison darts or something. That’s what most people imagine when they think of such a device, and it’s certainly impressive engineering. But it also seems like a lot of work for something that should be simple: since it’s so easy to kill mosquitoes, any thing that does so will save lots of lives.
Why not just make something that kills mosquitoes? There are many things that kill mosquitoes without targeting them individually: nets, bug zappers, fogging machines, and so on. The problem with these methods is that they tend to kill other things too. Nets kill birds and fish (and humans). Fogging machines can’t discriminate between insects. And bug zappers? They’re like shotguns: they kill indiscriminately–including beneficial insects–and often miss their target anyway.
We need something more specific than these blunt instruments: a mosquito helicopter.
The first use of helicopter by the US Army was in 1945. In the 70s, the helicopter became an important way to kill mosquitoes. In 1979, the US Army made a mosquito helicopter called Agrion. And it is still in use today.
Agrion can spread insecticide in a radius of 500 meters. It uses a fan to suck up the insects and then disposes of them. They also have a lens that can magnify the insects so that they can be identified from ground level.
To use Agrion, you need a pilot and a person to put the insecticide in it. The pilot flies about 30 feet above ground level and releases insecticide for about ten minutes at each location. The pilot flies between 50 and 100 miles per hour.
When it is not being used for mosquito control, it is often used for spraying crops or for dusting crops for pests. It can also be used for dusting crops for pests or spraying on standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.
In addition to killing mosquitoes, Agrion is also used to kill other pests such as rodents, birds, rabbits and raccoons, which are often found near water sources where mosquitoes breed.
Mosquito helicopter is the name given to a device that was proposed in 1933 by the Russian engineer Pyotr Ufimtsev. The device was supposed to be a small, cheap helicopter. It was not built, but it may have inspired Igor Sikorsky’s VS-300 helicopter.
In 1933, Ufimtsev filed a patent application for his device. He called it “a helicopter with a rotary wing and improved tail rotor” (Russian: Вертолёт с вращающимся винтом и улучшенным хвостовым винтом). He used the word mosquito (Russian: комар) because of its small size. Ufimtsev’s description of the helicopter has only one drawing and four lines of text. It is written in such a way that “it is impossible to understand how it would work”.
Man is a mosquito hunter by nature.
Mosquitoes have been trying to get blood from us for thousands of years. They would ambush us, and we would swat them. But we’ve always been at a disadvantage in this fight: mosquitoes are faster and smaller than we are. After thousands of years of losing this fight, man decided enough was enough. We wouldn’t kill mosquitoes anymore; we would kill their food[^1]. After failing for thousands of years to kill mosquitoes, man could now kill all the world’s mosquitoes in just a few weeks.
Killing mosquito larvae doesn’t necessarily destroy the whole mosquito population, though. When a house burns down, some of the cockroaches will survive by running out of the house before it burns down. If most houses burn down, but some don’t, that is still good news for the cockroaches[^2]. Similarly, if we destroy most standing water, but not all of it, then some mosquitoes will survive.
But that is where genetic engineering comes in. Genetic engineers can modify malaria-carrying mosquitoes so that they only produce male offspring [^3]. If these modified mosquitoes mate with regular female mosquitoes and only produce male offspring, then eventually there will be no more female mosquitoes left to