Skrillex is pretty much one of the most popular EDM artists ever. Now scientists believe his music could be good for more than just listening — it can also ward off mosquitoes.
We’re being serious. A study by Acta Tropica featured scientists playing the artists’ popular song “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” to yellow fever mosquitos.
The reasoning behind the study was that the way sound is received by animals is crucial for reproduction and survival.
“In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from conspecifics (members of the same species) and hosts,” the scientists explained.
They chose the song because it is a mix of both high and low frequencies. This means it could make the insects change their behavior when it is played. You can listen to it below to hear what they mean.
The study concluded that female adult mosquitoes were “entertained” by the song. This means they attacked humans less often. Also, the mosquitoes “copulated far less often” when listening to the song.
“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,” the scientists said of the finding.
Skrillex, real name Sonny Moore, has not made any comments about the study, but it’s definitely an interesting way to avoid getting bug bites this summer.
Moore left the band 2007 to eventually pursue a career as Skrillex. Then, he returned in 2017 to release “Make War” with FFTL. Moore hit the stage with the act less than a month later at Emo Nite LA, marking the last time the band performed live.
Finally two years after, they performed at the Emo Nite show in New Orleans. The show looked like the thing emo dreams are made of.
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