Self-Sustainable Non-Toxic Locust Control Using Electric Field & Real-Time Remote Monitoring Using Android Application

  • Basit Ali Department of Electrical Engineering, Bahria University Karachi Campus, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Hadid Khalid Anchor Development and Construction Company Bin Qasim Town Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mushahid Rao Anchor Development and Construction Company Bin Qasim Town Karachi, Pakistan


This paper presents a solution to overcome the locust attack issue on crops. Locusts and grasshoppers are among the most hazardous farming nuisances. Pesticides can harm non-target species and dirty the climate. Locusts are known to reproduce quickly and are capable of eating food of their own body weight on a daily basis. These hungry insects can eat the same amount of food that 35,000 human beings would be capable of eating. This setup will control the locust swarm by having a nontoxic solution. The setup consists of high voltage capacitor-based fencing that is used to spread an electric field that kills the locust sufficiently, ultraviolet light is also attached to attract the locust on a single point, and controlling and checking framework has been done using an android application. Different sensors are installed to measure the real-time data from the field location. The setup is solar-powered completely which makes it standalone and self-sustainable. An android application is also developed to operate and monitor the setup remotely.


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