Ticks suck, literally. Seeing as one of the
things that they would like to suck on is our body we go to some lengths to
stop them from sucking on us. We have developed techniques; sprays and blanket
area poisons that are designed to help us get rid of the little bloodsuckers.
Now humanity has taken it to a new level. Now, we are getting robots involved
in the fight.
A team of engineers at the Virginia
Military Institute is currently in the testing phase of a tick-killing robot
that could help to thin the population of the disease carrying insects. While
not all types of ticks are dangerous, several around the world are and they can
cause life-threatening diseases to develop after a bite.
The robot works by mimicking the behaviors of
tick prey. By letting off carbon dioxide and soaking an attached cloth to bot
in some serious pesticides the system lets the bots attach and die. Results
thus far have been between 75% and 100% effective in a given area.
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