Mosquito control district considers using drones

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont mosquito control district is considering using aerial drones for surveillance and to disperse treatments.

The Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District spreads treatments by truck and sometimes by air.

District head Ben Lawton tells the Rutland Herald that he got the drone idea after attending the annual meeting of the American Mosquito Control Association in Florida.

Lawton says aerial treatments are expensive, costing about $42 per acre and at least 1,000 acres have to be treated for a helicopter company to do it. He says using a drone would cost about $20 per acre.

He says the district is doing research and so far the price for the startup costs would be about $35,000. He says the district may be able to apply for a state grant.

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