World Mosquito Day

We don’t think it’s a very controversial statement to say that most people hate mosquitoes and hate them with a passion. And there’s good reason for the animosity directed against these winged insects. Not only is getting a mosquito bite an unpleasant experience, but it is also one that is potentially dangerous.

Mosquitoes spread a variety of different diseases around the world, including West Nile, Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, and Malaria. And that’s only a small sampling of the diseases they spread every year. To raise public awareness about the disease potential of these pests, and to encourage people to protect themselves against mosquitoes, World Mosquito Day was created. This holiday is observed annually on August 20th.

The History Of World Mosquito Day

This holiday commemorates the occasion when Sir Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes transmitted malaria to humans on August 20th, 1897. A discovery that would win him the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1902 — the first such award for a British scientist. World Mosquito Day has been observed since the 1930s.

Some Interesting Facts About Mosquitoes

Although most people are familiar with mosquitoes, we’re willing to bet that they don’t know as much about them as they think they do. Sure, we’ve all had experiences with being annoyed by these insects, but how many people really know how long these insects live, how many diseases they cause, or some of the other interesting facts we’re about to unveil below? We’re willing to bet that not many people know the following facts. With that being said, let’s take a few moments to look at the following facts.

  • Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest creatures, killing more people than sharks, tigers, and crocodiles combined.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite.
  • Aedes mosquitoes can go from an egg to an adult in 7-10 days.
  • Aedes mosquitoes can lay up to 100 eggs at a time.
  • Female mosquitoes can drink their entire weight in blood.
  • Mosquitoes tend to be more active when the moon is full.
  • The typical mosquito lives approximately 2-3 weeks.

How To Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes

Now, we’re going to provide a section to help people protect themselves against mosquitoes. Since over 725,000 people are killed by mosquito-borne diseases, we thought that this section was an important one to add to this article about World Mosquito Day. Let’s take a look at some of the steps people can take to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

  • Avoid mosquito-heavy areas as much as possible, especially during the mornings and evenings.
  • Wear socks, long pants, and shoes made out of tightly woven materials.
  • Use mosquito netting where mosquitoes may be present.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient.

Observing World Mosquito Day

Learning more about mosquitoes and the health impacts caused by them is just one of the ways that people can observe World Mosquito Day. People can also take the time to learn how they can protect themselves from being bitten by them. We also encourage people to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #WorldMosquitoDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 20 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
August 20 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
August 20 Sunday