Dubstep Song Distracts Mosquitoes from Biting

April 4, 2019

It won't be long before you are swatting mosquitoes away from your body and spraying bug repellent all over your body.  But this year you may want to bring out your Bluetooth speaker and play Skrillex!  The Grammy Award-winning electronic dance music (EDM) artist with a very distinctive sound, known as Dubstep, apparently distracts mosquitoes from mating as well as biting!  In particular the song, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” was found to be very effective in repelling the Aedes aegypt mosquitoes, which carry the Zika virus, dengue and yellow fever. Scientists figured this out by splitting insects into two groups and playing the EDM tune for one set. They found that adult mosquitoes who were entertained by the music sought blood and sex less frequently.  So out of all the music available, what makes Skrillex so special? Researchers chose this particular song because of its aggressive vibrations, which might have confused mosquitoes.

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SOURCE: Men's Health

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