An Effective Non-Conventional Mosquitoe Repellent? Yes Please!
Mosquito season is here, but instead of reaching for the insect repellent sprays and lotions, Canadians may one day crank up some electronic dance music. For a new study, researchers in Asia subjected the mosquito that causes yellow fever to music by dubstep artist Skrillex — in particular the track Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, which they chose because of its mix of especially high and low frequencies. The researchers found the music had a significant impact on the mosquito population in several ways. Despite advances in control technologies, disease-carrying mosquitoes still cause serious health problems around the world. According to the study, the song mentioned above reduces host attack and mating success in the dengue vector, and maybe others. Insecticides have historically been the main way to combat mosquito populations, but in recent years many have lost their effectiveness, and they can be harmful to other insect, plant and animal life. As a result, many are calling for the development of more environmentally friendly strategies.
Watch Skrillex Music Video for Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites: youtu.be/WSeNSzJ2-Jw