Slide 1: Question. Electronic dance music (EDM) saw a surge in popularity in the 2010s. Playing such music may help lower infection transmission via which disease vector?

Slide 2: Answer. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes!

Slide 3: Specifically, when scientists played “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex to a female Aedes aegypti, the mosquitoes attacked hosts less, reproduced less, and fed less. The dubstep song was hypothesized to disrupt the low-level frequency used by mosquitoes to initiate sexual interactions and identify human hosts.

Slide 4: Aedes aegypti are the vector for the yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya, and zika viruses. They can be found throughout the world, especially in the tropics, such as sub-Saharan Africa, or subtropics, such as southeastern United States.


  • Dieng H, The CC, Satho T, et al. The electronic song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” reduces host attack and mating success in the dengue vector Aedes aegypti. Acta Trop. 2019;194:93-99. PMID 30922800.
  • Aedes aegypti: Factsheet for experts. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Published December 20, 2016. Link.

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