China is developing radars to fight mosquitoes
Installed on rooftops in residential areas, the radar could detect places inhabited by mosquito colonies and their feeding or resting areas.
Chinese researchers linked to the army are developing a project so that radars normally used in the military field can detect mosquitoes and fight the pests they transmit, something that according to these scientists could help save millions of lives, reports the Cronica.
The goal is to achieve a radar capable of detecting the flight of these insects, sometimes carriers of diseases such as malaria or Zika, at distances of up to two kilometers, according to the project developed by the Beijing Institute of Technology and directed by the Professor Long Teng, creator of radars for the Chinese Army.
According to Cronica, the radar emits electromagnetic waves at several frequencies, and when one of them reaches a mosquito, it bounces, offering the system's responsible all kinds of information, which would go from the species and genus of the insect to its speed of flight and direction.
Installed on rooftops in residential areas, the radar could detect places inhabited by mosquito colonies, their feeding or resting areas, or their eventual migration to other places, which could be warned of the arrival of insects with a preventive character.
Various countries are using civilian radar networks to control the movement of insects larger than mosquitoes, such as moths or locusts, but this is the first attempt to follow the mosquitoes, which despite their small size are in reality the most lethal animal in the world.
According to the World Health Organization, the bites of this insect, transmitters of deadly diseases, have caused more deaths on the planet than all the wars in history combined.