Study finds dubstep is good for something: mosquito repellent

A genre of music many humans find repellent is apparently also repulsive to mosquitoes: dubstep.

In theirstudy, published in the scientific journalArcta Tropica, an international team of researchers studied the effects ofSkrillex's dubstep track "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" on a certain species of mosquito.

Long story short: The bloodsucker, linked to tropical regions where it spreads diseases like Zika, yellow fever and dengue fever, didn't dig it, according to the study. 

More specifically, the track, which mixes high and low frequency sounds, made the insects less interested in biting and reproducing.

"In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from [potential mates]," as well as their biting targets, the study said.

"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 researchers concluded.

The side effect, of course, is that humans that are being protected are also going to have to be exposed to dubstep.


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