Mosquitos Bite Less Often If A Specific Skrillex Song Is Playing, Says Study
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The Australian summer time is one that's usually full of excitement, playing at the beach, getting burnt and knocking back a few cold ones.
Aussies lap up the warmer weather as well as the ability to enjoy the sun a little longer in the afternoon as well as get an early start.
But the one thing we don't enjoy is having goddamn mosquitos buzzing around our ears as we're trying to get to sleep. They'll dance around us until we feel them land before we whack ourselves senseless trying to kill it.
Just when you think you've won, they're buzzing around you again looking for another drink.
Well, it seems like you have a new weapon in your arsenal to get them at least out of your bedroom. Sadly, it's not a new bug spray, mozzie netting or anything fancy; it's noise.
But you can't just play any music to get rid of the flying insects, it's a specific Skrillex song that researchers say make them breed less and bite less.
The study, published in Acta Tropica, said: "Both males and females produce sounds through the beating of their wings. For successful mating to occur, the male must harmonise its flight tone with that of its partner using auditory sensitivity."
In order to facilitate sexual interactions, insects use low-frequency vibrations, so these scientists thought the opposite would stop them from mating - and they were right.
The long-haired dubstep producer's song 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites', not only affected the mosquito's ability to procreate but researchers also noticed that it took longer for females to bite humans.
Look, you're probably going to say that 'duh, you wouldn't be able to get to sleep if you're blasting Skrillex' and you're right. But you could use it during the day to ward them out of your home.
But researchers believe it could pave a new track towards tackling infectious diseases. How they'll use the findings is up to them but surely there could be a high-frequency device created that keeps them away from different areas.
Obviously we don't want them eliminated altogether as that would disrupt the ecosystem in which tons of spiders and other insects depend on.
But it would certainly be nice not to be bothered by them every night in summer or waking up to find your arms and legs looking like they've been attacked. That's always a bit of a shock in the morning.