Helicopter drone used to drop self-destructing predatory bugs on strawberry crops


A helicopter-style drone is being used in the war against mites that suck the goodness out of growing crops.

Aerobugs, a business run by former strawberry grower Nathan Roy, has taken off after Mr Roy invented and patented a system to air drop predatory mites into the fields.

The predatory mites attack the chemically resistant two-spotted mites, which can decimate strawberry crops, before self-destructing.

“For 25 years I grew strawberries with my family, and two years ago we decided we couldn’t expand any further with our farm, so we decided to hop out of strawberries,” Mr Roy said.

“My brother has gone into turf and I’ve gone into spreading beneficial insects by drone.