Mosquitoes are influenced by Skrillex music

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And now, this is a surprising discovery:  a study published Thursday in the scientific journal  Acta Tropica found that playing dubstep music, particularly Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites by Skrillex reduced mosquito attacks. “In this study, we examined the effects of electronic music on foraging, host attack and sexual activities of the dengue vector Aedes aegypti,” the study said. When Skrillex was playing, the female mosquitoes bit less than when the music was off. According to the team, sound is “crucial” for reproduction, survival and population maintenance for many insects and animals.

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The study provides great insight “for the development of music-based personal protective and control measures against Aedes-borne diseases”. Could some electronic music music save lifes this way ? Possibly. „The occurrence of blood feeding activity was lower when music was being played. Adults exposed to music copulated far less often than their counterparts kept in an environment where there was no music,” the study concluded. The Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation – Malaysia, the Mosquito Research and Control Unit, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fukuoka University, Japan, and the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand, and others, participated to achieve the study. Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), known professionally as Skrillex, is an American record producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and musician.

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