Buzz Kill: NASA Machine To Purge Mumbai’s Mosquitoes

January 29, 2013 1:06 pm by

It turns out that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chases not only celestial entities such as distant planets and far-flung galaxies but also things that are within earthly limits. Like, for instance, the humble mosquito. Frustrated at failing to stop mosquitoes from proliferating in the city and causing outbreaks of malaria and dengue, the BMC plans to buy the rather lethal-sounding Mosquito Killing System machines that have been developed with NASA’s help. Usually the BMC fumigates areas with a cloudy, chemical gas. However the Mosquito Killing System machine is, reportedly, more environmentally friendly as it uses no chemicals. Instead it lures mosquitoes with a heating device–the insects are attracted to heat—and zaps them with an electric charge.

BMC to seek NASA help to kill mosquitoes [The Times of India]