From Author to Alchemist: How incognito® was born
Sep 03, 2018

From Author to Alchemist: How incognito® was born

Have you ever wondered why incognito® was started or how we came to have an award winning, 100% effective insect...
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Dec 28, 2017

Everything You Need To Avoid Mosquitoes in Top Winter Destinations

When defrosting the car or checking the snow forecast before work, grabbing a coffee and slipping on ice – don’t you start dreaming of sipping a cocktail on a beach, instead? You do? You’re not alone. This winter, 22.3 million Brits plan to leave the UK, blaming the cold weather and early darkness! (1)  My Weekly … Continue reading "Everything You Need To Avoid Mosquitoes in Top Winter Destinations"
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Aug 23, 2017

Tick Tock goes the Lyme Disease Clock… It’s time to know the facts

You might consider a tick bite more a mild annoyance than anything life changing, however with 17% of ticks in the UK now thought to be carrying Lyme Disease, we’ve written this blog to help you brush up on the facts, on what to look for and how to avoid catching it! Ticks infected with … Continue reading "Tick Tock goes the Lyme Disease Clock… It’s time to know the facts"
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Jun 16, 2016

Caremongering

We’ve had enough off all this scaremongering in the media! Yes, its important to know the facts… but even these can be misleading sometimes. A lot of the information hot-footing it around our world feeds off an impatient mass of readers and writers eagerly awaiting the next big headline. There is no doubt it is … Continue reading "Caremongering"
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Oct 16, 2014

Wash away those bugs!

Guest Blog by Lily Slydel   Post-shower, floral scented, auburn goodness; my swishing locks are one of my most attractive features. My long, thick hair, after shampoo and conditioning, is just like walking hair product advert. I know I’m worth it – but sadly, it’s not attracting the right kind of attention. So long perfume, … Continue reading "Wash away those bugs!"
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Aug 14, 2014

Top Five Reasons People are Bitten by Insects

Mosquitoes are one of the most important groups of insects affecting human’s health and wellbeing – they occupy diverse habitats, breed in our ponds and worst of all can transmit life-threatening diseases. In the best case, they are incredibly irritating. As one in five people are mosquito magnets, I want to look at some of … Continue reading "Top Five Reasons People are Bitten by Insects"
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Jul 24, 2014

DEET Resistance, by bite-protection expert Howard Carter

Many doctors and travel nurses in the UK are still recommending DEET to travellers abroad, most of them completely oblivious to the fact that certain mosquitoes have built up resistance or tolerance to this pesticide repellent in the last few years. Fifteen years ago I went to India for the first time armed with the … Continue reading "DEET Resistance, by bite-protection expert Howard Carter"
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Jul 07, 2014

Is there a correlation between those who get malaria and their trade?

Farmers, explorers, sportsmen (to name a few) are just some of the trades most commonly affected by Malaria and throughout the ages, many great figures have suffered at its ferocious hands. Fausto Coppi, internationally renowned Italian cyclist often referred to as Il Campionissimo (The champion of champions), is just one of the greats lost to … Continue reading "Is there a correlation between those who get malaria and their trade?"
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Jun 24, 2014

Are you being bitten?

Despite the term, ‘mosquito bite’, mosquitoes don’t actually open their ravenous jaws to have a nibble on your ankles; it is the proboscis (the long pointed mouthpart) that pierces the skin with its razor sharp end, to get to the delicious blood supply beneath.  The proboscis has two tubes, one to withdraw the blood and another to deposit saliva. The way in which we react to mozzie bites is dependent on this saliva and the reaction our body has to the proteins it contains.

Reactions to mosquito bites vary enormously; from mild irritation to potentially life threatening, with a contingent of people not reacting at all to them. This is where many people fall fowl of a common misconception; just because you cannot see or feel bites, does not mean you have not been bitten! This is ok in the UK, but as soon as these people leave the sanctuary of British shores they are even more at risk than the normal population, whose bites itch like crazy.

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Jun 05, 2014

Brazil and the Tropics

If you’re going to Brazil this year, or any other tropical destination, then the following information about mosquitoes is essential reading. Mosquitoes will be having a feeding frenzy with all the fresh tourist blood – and you definitely want to avoid being on the menu! For starters, take anything your average GP or practice nurse … Continue reading "Brazil and the Tropics"
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