Scientists have found that by listening to Skrillex, you can keep deadly mosquitoes away from you and stop them from breeding.
Skrillex - a hero we don't deserve but definitely need. Who knew the 31-year-old American record producer, DJ, singer, songwriter, and musician is also a mosquito repellent? Turns out, not only can Sonny John Moore (yes, that's his real name) can keep you entertained, his songs can also keep you safe from deadly dengue-causing mosquitoes. According to the latest scientific study, listening to Skrillex can not only keep mosquitos away from you, but it can also break their 'mood' and stop them from having sex. Imagine having 'mosquito repellent' and 'mosquito contraceptive' in your professional resume.
The study published in the journal Acta Tropica focused on the breeding and feeding habits of annoying mosquitos and found something absolutely bizarre! The scientists have discovered that Skrillex's songs have a negative effect on the buzzing insects, especially his hit song Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites. When played, Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for various severe diseases, refused to have sex. Oops.
They tested mosquitoes in music on and music off environment where when Skrillex's songs were played, it was observed that mosquitoes kept themselves away from eating and mating...They also noted that electronic music releases certain low-frequency vibrations which kills 'it' for the dengue-spreading flying little creatures. "Sound and its reception are crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals. In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from conspecifics and hosts" the study says.
"In this study, we examined the effects of electronic music (Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex) on foraging, host attack, and sexual activities of the dengue vector Aedes aegypti. Adults were presented with two sound environments," the study adds further marking that when Skrillex's song was played, males lost their wood, females fed less and were at a loss of energy. Basically, the dude makes them depressed and wanna starve themselves to death. He's the cure we all have been waiting for.
" In addition to providing insight into the auditory sensitivity of Ae. aegypti (Yellow fever mosquito) to sound, our results indicated the vulnerability of its key vectorial capacity traits to electronic music. 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 study says further.
Skrillex: *Releases music*— Class Fools (@ClassFoolsMusic) April 1, 2019
While we don't know (for sure) if his songs have the same effect on humans, it comes as great news that the next time a mosquito is going buzzz-buzzz in your ear, you can finally even up with the lil monster and play some Skrillex for it. In fact, people on Twitter are now asking the authorities to play his songs loudly twice a day to eradicate the existence of mosquitoes for once and for all and I agree. Goodbye, bloodsuckers!
Any chance we can play this really loud across the whole Callaghan campus? Like, today!#UniNewcastle— Darren Burke (@DrDarrenCBurke) April 2, 2019
Mosquitoes Sucked Less Blood (and Had Less Sex) While Listening to Skrillex, Study Finds https://t.co/0MdugkWLj6 via @LiveScience
"We are living in amazing times. First off I find out that they are working on synthetic alcohol that won't damage your liver. Then today I hear that music from Skrillex stops mosquitoes from mating. What the fuck is happening around here. I love it all," tweeted a person. "I’m blasting Skrillex as soon as I see the first mosquito this year," added another. Save yourself some serious $$$ on buying repellents and play Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites!