Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Tickbot attracts and kills disease carrying ticks.

"A tick-exterminator (tick gathering/killing robot) designed by three engineering undergrads at the Virginia Military Institute scours yards for ticks and nabs them with its pesticide-laced denim skirt." writes Prachi Patel-Predd in Wired News.

The student let loose 75 ticks and the tick robot emitting carbon dioxide to attract the ticks picked up an astounding 72! The promethren impregnated skirt then kills the ticks.

Apparently "Ticks cling to denim naturally,...it's the best material for the job and is used routinely in research." Well there you have it, don't wear denim in tick infested areas if you don't want to get Lymes disease.


Anonymous pablo said...

I'm ready for the commercial model, but I don't think it would rove about my forest too well.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Pablo,
I guess you'll have to wear denims and run through the forest yourself ;) All that pesticide on the clothing doesn't sound too enticing tho.

7:17 AM  

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