Moreholidays August World Mosquito Day


World Mosquito Day

Mosquito Day

About World Mosquito Day

When is World Mosquito Day? This holiday is always celebrated on August 20

Bring out the mosquito netting. Grab the bug spray and the citronella candles. World Mosquito Day is today. This August 20 holiday commemorates the day when the relationship between mosquitos and malaria was identified. Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasitic protozoans. Malaria causes debilitating illness and even death.

On this day in 1897, British doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between mosquitos and the transmission of malaria. Ross also identified that the female Anopheles mosquito transmits the disease. In 1902, Ross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery.

About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of these cases are travelers and immigrants entering the U.S. from parts of the world where malaria is common.

The goal of this special day is to raise awareness of the causes of Malaria and to learn methods of prevention. With the knowledge that mosquitoes carry other diseases, most notably the dangerous Zika virus, it is even more important today, to be aware, and to understand the necessity of avoiding coming in contact with mosquitos.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine celebrates World Mosquito Day annually, since the 1930s, They hold exhibitions and parties designed to entertain and inform people.

Did You Know? At least two million people die each year from malaria and other mosquito born diseases.

Mosquito Trivia

  • They transmit malaria. encephalitis, meningitis, and West Nile diseases.
  • Only the females bite.
  • The females lay their eggs in stagnant or standing water. 
  • Actually, mosquitos do not bite. They suck.
  • Males live 10 days, while females live about 2 months.
  • Most mosquitoes stay within a few hundred feet of where they are hatched.
  • It would take 1.2 million mosquito bites to drain the blood from the average-sized person.
  • They have CO2 detectors that attract them to the breath birds and mammals exhale.
  • They are also drawn to heat.
  • Mosquito saliva causes an itchy bump on the skin.
  • There are over 3,500 species. But, don’t worry. Only 175 species are in the United States.
  • Mosquitoes hibernate when temperatures fall below 50° F.

How to Celebrate and Participate in World Mosquito Day

Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate and Participate in World Mosquito Day:

  • Learn and educate others about malaria and how to prevent it.
  • Learn more about how to control them.
  • Eliminate places in your yard where that hold water or where standing water can accumulate.
  • Wear insect repellent when going outside at night, or when going into a forest.

Today's Chuckle

I removed all of the fattening foods from my house. It was delicious!

History and Origin of World Mosquito Day

Sir Ronald Ross declared the annual observance of  World Mosquito Day. He did so shortly after he discovered the linkage between mosquitos and malaria. Ross felt that this day should be known as World Mosquito Day in future years, to act as a reminder of the educational importance of knowing that mosquitos transmit malaria.

More August 20 Holidays

Here is another August 20 holiday for you to enjoy:

National Radio Day

More About Today

This Day in History

Famous August Birthdays

Flower of the Day: Poppy

Recipe of the Day: Spinach and Mushroom Salad

Ecards Send a free Ecard daily for just about any August calendar holiday, occasion, observance, or event. Or, just for the fun of it!

Holiday Insights, where every day in August is a holiday, a bizarre or wacky day, an observance, or a special event. Join us in the daily calendar fun each and every day of the year.

Did You Know? There are literally thousands of daily holidays, special events, and observances, more than one for every day of the year. and many of these holidays are new. People and organizations are creating new holidays regularly. August holidays are no exception. Consequently, at Holiday Insights, we take great efforts to thoroughly research and document the details of each one, as completely and accurately as possible.

Please Support Our Site. Shop for: