In keeping with the theme of Drones serving a very distinct and constructive purpose, this week I offer another; Pest Control.  Not only are Drones fantastic for providing a perspective only birds are privy to enjoy, not only is there a rudimentary satisfaction to those yearning to be a pilot but don’t have, or can’t get their pilots license; drones are a compromise most anyone can get on board with.

Not only are they slick, but they serve many practical purposes in situations hard to even imagine.  Take for instance the ‘yeomans’ work they’re doing in the Galapagos Islands.  A place of unimaginable beauty, with its clear, turquoise water; you know the kind you can drop a quarter into and still see it when it rests on the sandy bottom, 10 feet below.  The place where Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution is believed to have been an enormous inspiration.  The place where rare and abundant wild-life viewing is simply; unrivaled.  Well, it’s one of this wildlife’s inhabitants causing heartache to the local residents and triggering ecological damage of unmitigated proportions.

Rats!

No, I’m not saying ‘Rats’ as an expression of displeasure.  I’m referring to those furry vagrants, who live in sewage and spread disease with wild abandon.  We can thank the pirates and buccaneers for this Rat infestation, who for several centuries made the Galapagoes a shore-stop on their many voyages.  Rats, being prolific multipliers, able to survive on a steady diet of sea turtle eggs, have built a significant colony in the Galapagoes Islands over many generations, thanks to the free ride inadvertently provided by these pirates.

So how are Drones helping to solve this Rat frenzy?

Simply put, dropping poison on them.  This is in an effort to thin out the herd, or even better, completely eradicate it.  Take for instance, Pinzon Island, where an estimated 180 Million of these varmints call home, dutifully spending their time eating the eggs of reptiles and birds and destroying the vegetation.  Destruction is their middle name!

You see, the terrain in the Galapagoes is very rugged, so in order to make “surgical strikes’ on these varmints, a drone is seen as a better fit.  The cost savings of deploying Drones; as opposed to carbon burning airplanes and helicopters was much more enticing.  Get this; the Drones are even painted blue, as a way of being camouflaged from curious birds.  So, this practical Drone solution highlights the ever-evolving acceptance of Drone usage in our everyday lives.

Life-size Rat Sketch
Compliments of:
Taton Moïse