In a study published in the journal Acta Tropica, researchers found that dubstep music, specifically Skrillex’s and specifically his track “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” could offer effective protection against mosquito bites.
Sound is “crucial for reproduction, survival, and population maintenance of many animals,” said a team of international scientists that specialize in mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, as Geek.com reports.
The team conducted the study by subjecting adult mosquitoes to a specifically selected song and then testing its rates of movement, blood feeding, and copulation. Scientists chose “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” a track by Skrillex from his Grammy-award winning album of the same name, for its mix of very high and very low frequencies.
“In insects, low-frequency vibrations facilitate sexual interactions, whereas noise disrupts the perception of signals from conspecifics [members of the same species] and hosts,” the scientists said.