Electronic Dance Music Might Stop Mosquitoes from Biting, Study Finds

Scientists have found that electronic music actually repels the bloodthirsty creatures and could be an alternative to sprays and fumigation.

Research published in the journal Acta Tropica stated: “In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from conspecifics [members of the same species] and hosts.”

This means that electronic music can distract mosquitoes from biting you and it was even said to “entertain” female adult mosquitoes.

Scientists testing the theory on the species Aedes aegypti, the type of mosquito known for spreading yellow fever.

Dubstep music from Skrillex was chosen for the experiment because of the artist’s use of very high and very low frequencies. The chosen Skrillex track was “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” which comes from his Grammy-award winning album of the same name.

The scientists found that “the occurrence of blood feeding activity was lower when music was being played.” Sound is thought to play a big role in the reproductive behavior, survival rate and population maintenance of many animals.

It was observed that mosquitoes who had been subjected to the music mated far less than those which had not.


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