scientists say skrillex stops mosquitoes biting

Scary Mosquitoes

It sounds like an April Fools’ prank, but scientists say that music by dubstep star Skrillex can keep mosquitoes from biting.

If it’s a joke, it goes deep: the research is at the center of a paper published in the journal Acta Tropica last week, and the story has been picked up by the BBC NewsHuffPo, and The Telegraph

Assuming it isn’t an elaborate joke — and, given the timing, it’s hard not to be a little suspicious — the finding could suggest futuristic sound-based ways to keep disease-transmitting insects at bay.

Not-So-Nice Bites

According to the paper, researchers broke Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — those are the common bloodsuckers that spread dengue and yellow fever — into two groups, one of which they serenaded with Skrillex’s 2010 electronic hit “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”


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