How to Use the New Mosquito Emoji

By Marla Shaivitz | Health Communication Capacity Collaborative
01 Nov 2018
Mosquito emoji. Credit: Aphelandra Messer

This piece was originally published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs.

At last, a mosquito to ❤️.

Starting this week, the mosquito – the world’s deadliest animal – joins the ranks of the tears of joy emoji ?, the kissing face emoji ? and the smiling poop emoji ? as one of 70 new emoji available on your iOS smartphone. It’s already available on Android. (Just download the latest operating system, which comes complete with a “bug” you’ll actually want).

At the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, we’re going to use the mosquito emoji to raise awareness in our social media and digital outreach around our work and research in malaria, Zika and other vector-borne diseases. Other organizations working in local, state and global health will likely use it in their campaign materials. Whether you work in the field of public health – or are just going camping or feeling “bugged” – there are many ways to use it. Read on and see #WhatstheBuzz about.

How will you use the new emoji? Here are some ideas!

Tweeting about research and academic papers is now so much easier. ? 

Remind your kids to use insect repellent.

Nagging goes down better with emoji, so these types of messages are best paired with the smiley face. ? (Check out the research!)

Is it mosquitos or mosquitoes? 

Creative combinations. 

Try out a limerick.

Save energy – and characters.

Instead of eight whole letters (“m-o-s-q-u-i-t-o”), you now only need one keystroke .

Easily tweet about Zika, malaria, dengue and more at global health events.

Shorten your warm-weather correspondence.


Learn more about the emoji via this video produced by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health:

Marla Shaivitz
Marla Shaivitz
Health Communication Capacity Collaborative

Marla Shaivitz is the Communications Associate for the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs (CCP). Marla is a seasoned front-end web developer, writer and digital marketing practitioner with a passion for innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good. She was a founding member of a web strategy consulting firm that worked with trade and professional societies as well as government agencies in their use of Internet technologies. She spent nine years working for a strategic health philanthropy directing all online initiatives and working with grantees to build capacity and create efficiencies around technology. As a contributing writer for a popular tech blog focused on technology companies and their founders, she’s interviewed entrepreneurs across the US and in Africa.

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