Scientists Develop Laser Gun To Destroy Mosquitoes
Scientists are working on a laser gun that could kill millions of mosquitoes in just minutes.
This “weapon of mosquito destruction” is able to detect the audio frequency that is made when a mosquito beats its wings. The gun then fires at the mosquito, instantly burning and destroying it.
Lead scientist Dr. Jordin Kare, told CNN that the laser would be able to sweep an area and “toast millions of mosquitoes in a few minutes.”
This device was developed by astrophysicists involved in the “Star Wars” anti-missile programs during the Cold War. The purpose of this laser gun is to prevent the spread of malaria. Globally, there are currently an estimated 300 million acute cases of malaria each year.
“There is no such thing as a good mosquito, there's nothing that feeds exclusively on them. No one would miss mosquitoes,” said Kare. “In any case, the laser is able to distinguish between mosquitoes that go after people and those that aren't dangerous. What remains to be seen is how precise we can get.”
As for other insects, Kare says that they would not be affected by the laser’s beam. He also states that these lasers could actually be mounted on top of poles and put around an area in order to create a “fence” against mosquitoes.
What a great idea. I’m all for getting rid of mosquitoes. What do they do anyways, besides spread diseases and make my skin itch? I’d love to get my hands on one of these lasers for my backyard. What do you think?