TRMVC is currently utilizing small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs), better known as Drones, into our services.
UAVs offer many benefits like a zero footprint on marshes and sensitive lands, smaller, more precise treatments, improved irrigation monitoring, and increased detection of mosquito larvae.
Staff is licensed IAW FAA Part 107 and uses sUAVs for aerial photography, to locate mosquito sources. We have applied for and received our FAA Part 137, with the intent to utilize drones to larvicide sources currently inaccessible, in order to reduce the need for adulticide fogging. As of July 2018, Three Rivers Mosquito & Vector Control was the first company in the Pacific Northwest to be authorized by the FAA to conduct mosquito control liquid and granular spraying missions, with a small UAV.
During the summer of 2018, TRMVC staff was licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture to apply pesticides with a small UAV.
As of December 31st, 2018, TRMVC became licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, to apply larvicides with a small UAV.
Our second goal was to implement the granular drone. We are currently working to modify the granular drone to meet our higher standards.