Researchers find that dubstep artist Skrillex’s music could stop mosquito bites
Music from a Grammy Award-winning album could act as a shield against mosquito bites. That’s right. A study published in the journal Acta Tropica showed that American artist Skrillex’s track, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, is said to affect the insect’s reproductive and dietary habits.
The scientists stated that this particular dubstep record was chosen due to its unique blend of high and low frequencies.
The study states: “Sound and its reception are crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals. In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from conspecifics and hosts.”
For this experiment, researchers placed the Aedes Aegypti—also called the yellow fever mosquito—in two separate sound environments.
Mosquitos in the music-on environment attacked the host for blood-feeding significantly less often than the music-off condition. The study also states: “Adults exposed to music copulated far less often than their counterparts kept in an environment where there was no music.”
So, it looks like we won’t have to fumigate our houses, use insect repellants, or wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in this unforgiving weather. All we may have to do, to keep yellow fever at bay, is turn up the speakers and play Skrillex’s iconic dubstep tunes.
This renowned electronic music artiste had stepped away from the limelight after taking the electronic music by storm between 2008 and 2014. After several chart-topping collaborations such as Jack U, he’s now reuniting with Boys Noize under the moniker Dog Blood. Looking for Sonny John Moore aka Skrillex’s latest release? Then check out Turn Off The Lights.