Tick-killing robot called TickBot tested in Brewster
Bloodsucking parasites beware, the TickBot is in town. Researchers tested a tick-killing robot at Nickerson State Park in Brewster Tuesday and demonstrated it at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Service.
It resembles a remote-control car and moves like a Zamboni through tick habitat. The TickBot drags a cloth treated with the pesticide permethrin along a guide wire and tubing that emits carbon dioxide. Ticks are attracted to the CO2 and are wiped out when the TickBot moves over them.