I generally wouldn’t want to cause harm to any living creatures (we found a mouse in my flat a few weeks ago, and I wanted to reason with it), but mosquitoes are very much another story. As far as I’m concerned, the little bloodsuckers are very much fair game. For those not feeling the classic ‘rolled up newspaper’ approach, a scientist has come up with the world’s first automated mosquito laser.
The device – dubbed the ‘weapon of mosquito destruction’ – makes bug-zappers look like water pistols and has the power to protect entire villages against the insects. It’s got some pretty clever tech behind it as well, acting automatically when it detects the audio frequency of a mosquito’s wings in action. It’s created by the same scientists behind the ‘Star Wars anti-missile program from the Cold War and promises to burn millions of the insects in minutes. We’re talking mosquito genocide in less time than it takes to eat a bowl of cornflakes.
Of course it isn’t designed for you or I to take on holiday but to be set up in villages that have to deal with the malaria carrying variety. Probably for the best anyway – where’s the thrill of the hunt when a machine automates it for you?