Now you do not have to pack special mosquito repellents when you are going outdoors on a trip or for a festival. All you need is a Skrillex playlist. Skrillex is a dubstep artist and recent findings show that this genre drives mosquitoes away.
In a recent study published in Journal Acta Tropica, researchers have found that Dubstep music and one track in specific i.e. “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” can drive away the Aedes Aegypti – which is known as the yellow fever mosquito.
Scientists that specialize in the Zika virus and Dengue fever said ‘Sound is crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals. The observation that such music can delay host attack, reduce blood feeding, and disrupt mating provides new avenues for the development of music-based personal protective and control measures against Aedes-borne diseases,’.
When the scientists were conducting research, they used Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites as their test song, as it has very high and low frequencies.
The scientists added to this by saying ‘In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from conspecifics who are members of the same species and hosts,’
When exposed to Skrillex’s song, female mosquitoes attacked their hosts less, as they were entertained by the song than when they were subjected to a dubstep-free environment. They were also found engaging in lesser sexual activity in comparison to being exposed to an environment without dubstep.
Yes, this sounds wild and could also only be an April fools’ joke. Here’s a sneak peek to Skrillex’s tweet right after he shared this wild story on mosquitoes.
But, you could still try blasting a Skrillex track the next time you are outdoors hiking, or at a festival or simply hanging in your backyard, hit play on a Skrillex playlist, and tell us if mosquitoes still bite you!