Prior to the Discovery channel’s much anticipated Shark Week was the premiere of the Impact documentary film Mosquito. The film, which was shot on four continents and featured insight from leading experts including Bill Gates, makes the arrival of Shark Week sound tame. This is because, in spite of its small stature, the mosquito is known as the deadliest animal in the world. Outnumbering those killed by large animal species and murder annually as mosquitoes are responsible for over ONE MILLION deaths each year according to the World Health Organization.
According to the documentary film, today, rapid environmental shifts like climate change and the ease of international travel for both humans and goods have only increased the threat mosquitoes and their illnesses pose, hastening their spread around the globe. As mosquitoes are now able to survive and thrive in places they have never before – including Brazil, Florida, and as far north as Washington D.C. and New York – they are bringing diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Yellow Fever to uncharted and unprepared parts of the world.
The Zika Virus, serves as a perfect example of ever-evolving mosquito-borne illnesses. Since its discovery in 1947, in East Africa and Uganda, and until 2007, there were only 14 documented cases. Right now it estimated that 1/3 of the entire population will at some point become infected with the illness is proof alone that the world is changing at a dramatic rate.
Zika is just one of the many mosquito-borne illnesses which as a sum of all its parts are responsible for killing so many each year. This includes the increasing incidence of Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and West Nile virus, and of course, Malaria which is estimated to kill one child every two minutes.
Controlling the mosquito and reducing the incidence of mosquito-borne illness gives new meaning to the phrase it takes a village, however reducing your risk begins in your own backyard. Common sense practices to keeping your yard mosquito free. We recommend eliminating areas that may increase the mosquito’s ability to breed and prosper, such as any area or vessel where moisture can accumulate. Gaining knowledge and raising local awareness of the best mosquito control practices in your area is also crucial at battling this tiny, yet monumental killer.
Our partner Malaria No More was vital, along with the partnership of other vital organizations, in bringing the Mosquito documentary to life.To watch the film Mosquito in its entirety, please visit https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mosquito/full-episodes/mosquito.
Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 to learn more about making your backyard the first line of defense against mosquito-borne illness.
Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.