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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Dec 20, 2017

Are mosquitoes beating us in the fight against malaria?

A new report has been released by the WHO to provide an update on the global malaria crisis and success of efforts to eradicate the disease. Sadly, though as predicted – the report’s findings show that progress has slowed drastically in the last two years. So much so that malaria cases increased by 5 million … Continue reading "Are mosquitoes beating us in the fight against malaria?"
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Feb 02, 2017

Can you stop the scratch with a patch? Mosquito patches revisited.

The word ‘patch’ has a plethora of meanings. For example, a man with a bald patch and neatly patched jeans could be caring for his vegetable patch whilst going through a bad patch! Though here at incognito we are only concerned about insect repellent patches. There are essentially 2 types: spatial or ambient (the same … Continue reading "Can you stop the scratch with a patch? Mosquito patches revisited."
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May 10, 2016

My Costa Rican Adventure – A Guest Blog by Georgia Fox

Hello, I’m Georgia Fox and I’ve just finished a 10 week volunteering programme in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with the charity Raleigh International. During our volunteering time we worked on three different projects involving building a trail through a national park in Costa Rica, building a clean drinking water system in a rural community in … Continue reading "My Costa Rican Adventure – A Guest Blog by Georgia Fox"
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Apr 23, 2015

World Malaria Day: Defeat malaria – with incognito!

World Malaria Day (WMD) is commemorated on 25 April to recognise global efforts to control malaria. Theme 2015: “invest in the future: defeat malaria”: This year coincides with the United Nations Development Programme’s Eight Goals for 2015*. One of these goals is to combat malaria – 64 countries are on track to reverse the incidence of … Continue reading "World Malaria Day: Defeat malaria – with incognito!"
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Apr 16, 2015

Good work in the Gambia

Healthcare, education, clean water – we take them for granted each and every day. For some people in the developing world, this is the harsh reality that they face day in, day out. Malaria constitutes the main public health problem in The Gambia, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of deaths in children under five. … Continue reading "Good work in the Gambia"
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Oct 31, 2014

Why do bites itch… and how to stop them!

Being bitten by insects, at the best of times, is incredibly annoying. Have you ever wondered why it is that one tiny little bite can cause such a burning desire to scratch until you can scratch no more? Only female mosquitoes bite and when a female mosquito ‘bites’ you, she is actually not biting you … Continue reading "Why do bites itch… and how to stop them!"
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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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Feb 20, 2013

Why Are Insects Biting us More?

  There are several different factors to consider in answering this question. Many people are now receiving bites when in the past they hardly ever did, and one constant reason for this is that their body chemistry has changed. This is nothing new – it has always been the case that peoples’ body chemistry changes, … Continue reading "Why Are Insects Biting us More?"
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Mar 09, 2012

NATURE KNOWS BEST

There is a perception amongst many people that because a product is natural it is not as effective as it’s chemical cousins.  This is especially prevalent in chemistry and medicine, where,  ironically, some of the greatest advancements in drugs e.g. penicillin and interferon have come directly from natural sources e.g. mould & Foxglove (Digitalis) Indeed, … Continue reading "NATURE KNOWS BEST"
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Mar 09, 2012

NATURE KNOWS BEST

There is a perception amongst many people that because a product is natural it is not as effective as it’s chemical cousins.  This is especially prevalent in chemistry and medicine, where,  ironically, some of the greatest advancements in drugs e.g. penicillin and interferon have come directly from natural sources e.g. mould & Foxglove (Digitalis) Indeed, … Continue reading "NATURE KNOWS BEST"
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Feb 11, 2011

Latest Buzz

There is a lot going on with mosquitoes at the moment so I thought a quick update would be in order. Firstly, Doctors have complained to ABTA about last minute holiday makers being unprepared and bringing back malaria as an unwanted souvenir; and not just any malaria either! Three people all on the same tour contracted Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly form! Apparently the doctors want health warnings on the lastminute ads!
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May 12, 2010

MALARIA DRUGS LESS EFFECTIVE

Female MosquitoThe best treatment currently available for the treatment of malaria is Artemisinin-based combination therapy or (ACT). Up until last year ACT had been working very well and it was predicted that malaria would be eradicated in Thailand and Cambodia in the next decade. However, since last year, resistance to ACT has become increasingly common along the Thai Cambodia border. This is a matter of great concern as there is no other anti-malaria treatment in the pipeline and so, if full Artemisinin resistance occurs, then malaria will spread unhindered. Artemisinin is derived from the plant Artemisia annua and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat malaria.

Artemisinin is derived from the plant Artemisia annua and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat malaria.

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Aug 09, 2009

My Malaria Story

People often ask me how on earth did I get into the insect protection business from publishing and I usually refer them to my malaria story after the mosquito image here though this is only half of the truth. After being given the all clear by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases I returned to work … Continue reading "My Malaria Story"
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