Thanks to a drone equipped with a paintball gun, Cédric Guiter manages to eradicate hornet nests. To do this, it sends bursts of insecticide beads inside.
It is “a beautiful baby” of 4 kilos on which were integrated a compressed air cylinder and a paintball gun (caliber 68), and which includes four motors and as many propellers.
It is with this drone that the Toulousain Cédric Guiter, 40, has been tracking the nests of Asian hornets for 4 years. “I shoot pyrethrum-based insecticide beads directly into the nest, so there are no projections outside,” he announces.
Thanks to his machine, Cédric Guiter manages to reach hard-to-reach areas, where the dangerous “vespa velutina nigrithorax” love to nest.
When he shoots at a nest of Asian hornets, the Toulouse “swings a burst of ten balls each time and this can vary between 50 and 80 projectiles depending on the size of the nest”, he explains.
“In 20 minutes, the problem is solved”
Equipped with great precision, the drone therefore sends ten bullets, which make a hole eight centimeters in diameter in the nest of Asian hornets, then explode.
“You should know that a nest is made up of cakes and larvae. So the beads pass through the thickness of cellulose to burst onto the larvae. The vibrations caused by these bursts attract the hornets, which join the nest and are then contaminated in turn. Usually within 20 minutes the problem is resolved. But, it is better to wait 24 hours before landing the nest ”, warns Cédric Guiter. For now, customers who have used its services say they are “satisfied.” It is very effective! “.
Installed as an auto-entrepreneur under the name Skynet Prod, Cédric Guiter counts precisely among his clients, a few companies of co-ownership trustees but especially individuals. “For an intervention, it takes an average of 250 €.
Its activity is rather seasonal, “it generally begins in spring but it happens to see active nests at the beginning of winter too”, he slips. This is also why Cédric Guiter has another activity in parallel, he is an interim carpenter.
A centipede tattooed on the forearm, “the eradicator” sees hornets as “legionnaires because they are indestructible and hardy”. He has been interested in insects since his childhood, “I have raised scorpions and I love reptiles”, he explains.
Today, Cédric Guiter has succeeded in combining his passion for the drone and the animal world. What more could you ask for …