Mosquitoes are not only annoying and inconvenient backyard pests. They are a serious health threat worldwide. Our commitment to mosquito control has pushed us to think globally. We are striving to reach beyond our own communities to find ways in which we can help make an impact in the world.
August 20th is World Mosquito Day. This international holiday was established in 1897 when Sir Ronald Ross, a British doctor, discovered the link between mosquitoes and the transmission of malaria between humans. For the past 120 years, August 20th has been celebrated in commemoration of Ross and his discovery that has since affected the lives of many.
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by mosquitoes carrying Plasmodium parasites. When the mosquito bites a human, the parasites enter the body and travel to the liver where they mature and affect red blood cells in the bloodstream. Symptoms of malaria typically begin within the first few weeks post-bite, and come in cycles that last two to three days at a time. These symptoms tend to resemble the flu; for example, high fever, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, night sweats, headache, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. Other symptoms include fast heart rate, mental confusion, and pallor. Malaria can cause swelling of the blood vessels of the brain, breathing problems caused by a buildup of fluid in the lungs, failure of the kidneys, liver, or spleen, anemia caused by the destruction of red blood cells, and low blood-sugar.
Local mosquitoes become infected with malaria when they bite a person who carries Plasmodium parasites, and this is how the disease is locally transmitted. Almost half of the globe is affected by malaria. While most malaria cases and deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, areas in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are also at high risk. Along with refugees, pregnant women, and children, first and second generation immigrants are often prone to infection after visiting friends and relatives in their native countries.
In May of this year, Mosquito Joe partnered with Nothing But Nets to launch an ongoing campaign called MoJo Bites Back. Every $10 donated to the campaign supplies a family in Sub-Saharan Africa at risk of malaria with a life-saving mosquito bed net. So far, the MoJo Bites Back campaign has raised over $12,000. In honor of World Mosquito Day, we have increased our goal and hope to reach $15,000 by August 20th. If you are interested in helping, please visit our Nothing But Nets website to donate. Given the success of the campaign so far, it’s clear we have the best customers in the world. We are confident that together, we will be able to make a difference while honoring such a significant day in history.