A study really found Skrillex stops mosquitoes having sex

The latest in ‘Why did they do a study on this?’ shows the anti-aphrodisiac effects of dubstep music on insects.

What does it take put a brainless insect running entirely off of it’s own instincts from shacking up with its kind? A bit of classic dubstep apparently is enough to kill the sex drive of even the most primitive of creatures.

A new study that looked at the effect of sound frequencies on insects and their abilities or ambitions to mate. Using information that low-frequency vibrations help to create sexual interactions in insects, the study looked at using noise to intercept sexual signals in insects – particularly the disease-carrying mosquito.

The study read: “Despite evidence that mosquitoes respond to sound frequencies beyond fundamental ranges, including songs, and that males and females need to struggle to harmonise their flight tones, the behavioural impacts of music as control targets remain unexplored.”

The study looked specifically at the effect of of Skrillex’s track Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. It examined how it affected their abilities to forage, host attack, and to have sex. It found that in all cases with music on their activity was decreased.

To summarise: If you’re in an area populated with mosquitoes then playing Skrillex might help you to avoid being bitten or prevent them breeding more insectoid vampires near you. But what’s worse – a mosquito bite or listening to dubstep?

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