The next time you enjoy the outdoors on your tropical holiday, don't forget to pack a new type of repellent mosquito – music of the artist dubstep Skrillex.
In a study published in the magazine Acta Tropica, the researchers found that dubstep music, specifically Skrillex and specifically its “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” track, could offer effective protection against the t Aedes aegypti – the yellow fever mosquito.
Sound is “essential for reproduction, survival, and maintenance of many animal populations,” said a team of international scientists specializing in mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, including the Zika virus and dengue fever. .
The team conducted the study by placing adult mosquitoes on a specifically chosen song and then testing its movement rates, feeding blood, and copying. Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites scientists chose a track by Skrillex to his Grammy-winning album of the same name, for his mixture of very high and very low frequencies.
“In insects, low frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, while noise interferes with the perception of signals of particular features [members of the same species] and hosts, ”said the scientists.
According to the findings, adult mosquitoes were “entertained” by the music “coping a lot less often” than those who weren't.
Women who were exposed to the track had also attacked the guests less often than those in a non-pipe and Skrillex environment, and “blood feeding was lower when music was played t . ”
“The attention that music of this type can delay the attack, reduce blood feeding, and disrupt the matching provides new pathways for the development of protective and personal control measures based on music against Aedes-borne diseases, ”said the scientists.
The album Scary Monsters and Nice Mites He won two Grammys in the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, one for Best Dance Recording, and one for Best Dance / Electronica Album. Skrillex (real name: Sonny John Moore) did not comment on the study, but re-made an article about it on Twitter.
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