A study published on Acta Tropica showed that when the song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex is playing, mosquitoes are significantly less willing to feed on hosts or reproduce.
The breed used in the study was none other than Aedes aegypti, known for being a vector for numerous diseases especially dengue in tropical regions.
But why is EDM such a turn-off?
Researchers have known for a long time that sound can affect mosquito behaviour, and the right frequencies can even disrupt their ability to fly.
But for the first time, scientists discovered that the scrumptious bass of Skrillex’s breakout hit affected the mosquitos ability to detect hosts (that’s us).
When they put female mozzies in a room playing the song, it took longer for them to feed on blood as compared to mozzies in the control group.
Additionally, when music was playing, male and females were less interested in mating activities. So Skrillex not only blinds, starves, and paralyses mosquitoes, but also makes them impotent.
So is it true, is dubstep really torture?
Groundbreaking in dengue eradication
With mosquito-borne diseases expected to skyrocket thanks to global warming, the prospect of using music to control the bug’s populations might be powerful indeed.
CNA reports that Singapore is facing some of the highest rates of dengue infections in the past few years even with prevention programs set in place.
Perhaps the idea of having speakers blast EDM throughout dawn and dusk might be our only hope after all.
Until then, stay inside and blast “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” in your own homes.