Die Devil: Fight Mosquito Bites With Dubstep, Skrillex "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"

The song makes mosquitoes less likely to bite you and thus they may die if they can't feed.
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Skrillex Webster Hall 8/5/17

Skrillex pointing out a mosquito that is about to die

This is one of the weirdest stories of the week. At first, I thought this was an April Fool’s Day prank given it first started to circulate on Monday, but it appears to be legit. Dubstep, notably Skrillex’s "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," disrupts Mosquitoes brain function and prevents their bites. This is according to science.

According to a study published in the journal Acta Tropica, sound is "crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals” and mosquitoes are no different. They subjected adults of the species Aedes aegypti, known as the yellow fever mosquito, to electronic music to see how it would impact the terrible bug. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" was chosen because it has a lot of extreme low and extreme high end frequencies to give a wide range of testing.

According to the study, females visited their hosts “significantly less often in the music-on than the music-off condition. Females exposed to music attacked hosts much later than their non-exposed peers.” They also fed less with the music on.

The researches believe this could open up new avenues for music-based prevention of mosquito bites, that does have some limitations if you aren’t surrounded by a wall of sound. The study abstract doesn’t specify how loud the music needs to be or the exact frequencies, so if you need to listen to music as abrasive as "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" all the time just to avoid mosquitoes, there may be issues. 

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