Autonomous drone startup PATS Indoor Drone Solutions is developing a drone that can destroy moths in greenhouse settings.

To protect crops grown in greenhouse settings, the drones scan the greenhouses for pests using onboard cameras, distinguishing among good pests — ladybugs and bees for instance — from bad pests — moths that eventually turn into caterpillars that feed on crops.

Once the palm-sized drones identify the pest, the drone will fly right into the moths, using its rotor to destroy the pest and without having to dispense harmful chemicals and pesticides.

Although the drones are still in development, they are already in use in a Dutch greenhouse where cress is grown, successfully destroying the moths before they feast on crops.

For more information on the drones, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of PATS Indoor Drone Solutions.

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