Medical study: Skrillex song can help reduce mosquito bites
PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- A recently-published medical study shows a particular song by popular DJ Skrillex could reduce mosquito bites.
The study, which was published on March 25 in the medical journal Acta Tropica, examined the effects of electronic music on foraging, host attack, and sexual activities of a mosquito named Aedes Aegypti, which is known as a mosquito that spreads Dengue Fever and Zika Virus. In the study, adult Aedes mosquitos were exposed to two sound environments, one that played the song Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex, and the other did not. The study found that female Aedes mosquitos that were kept in the music-on environment visited the host significantly less often than its counterparts that were in the music-off environment.
In addition, the study shows female Aedes mosquitos exposed to the music attacked their hosts much later than those in the music-off environment, and mated far less often.
"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," read the end of the study's abstract.
As for the song mentioned, it was released by Skrillex in 2010, and on its official audio video on YouTube, people are already commenting on the song's supposed mosquito-repelling qualities.