From London to Athens... Take what you need and share the love!
Nov 15, 2018

From London to Athens... Take what you need and share the love!

This year, I took some time out from working at the incognito offices to spend seven months volunteering with refugees...
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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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Nov 22, 2016

Where do insects like bees go in the winter?!

In the words of Eddard Stark “Winter is coming” … Or in reality, winter has already come! That reality is clear as following a hard days work we trudge home in the near darkness with winter coats hanging off our shoulders, Christmas music filling our ears from high street speakers and thoughts of mince pies, … Continue reading "Where do insects like bees go in the winter?!"
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Sep 15, 2016

The double act: perfumes that act as insect repellent

It’s a late summer evening, you’re sitting outside on the veranda enjoying a meal with your friends. They’re commenting on how much they love your new sweet smelling perfume, and you can’t deny it, you’re pretty pleased with your latest purchase. You’ve caused a real stir… although hang on, it’s not only your friends attracted … Continue reading "The double act: perfumes that act as insect repellent"
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Sep 24, 2015

Phones to diagnose malaria, mosquitoes used as drones..what next!?

Technology advances nowadays seem to be an ever-expanding pool of possibility. Opportunities offered by innovation can be exciting and truly have the ability to reinvent landscapes if they prove successful! In this blog post we have found some of the most innovative solutions currently dealing with mosquitoes, which nearly everyone loves to hate! Avoiding all … Continue reading "Phones to diagnose malaria, mosquitoes used as drones..what next!?"
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Jul 28, 2015

Pamper and Protect! incognito®’s 3 Step Regime to eliminating mosquito bites

Our 3-step incognito® regime will pamper, cleanse and protect your skin from insect bites. We’ll keep you glowing in the sun with these three products designed to work in unity for greater strength and effectiveness in combating all insect bites. Using a variety of methods and products really increases your chance of staying bite free. … Continue reading "Pamper and Protect! incognito®’s 3 Step Regime to eliminating mosquito bites"
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Apr 02, 2015

Mosquitoes bring diseases to UK

BBC and Sky News articles recently reported a climate change study that predicts an increase in mosquito-borne diseases in the UK. Photo: Katja Schulz The British climate of rising temperatures, with wetter weather and milder winters, are now suitable for mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. It is predicted that mosquitoes that carry the Dengue … Continue reading "Mosquitoes bring diseases to UK"
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Apr 02, 2015

Mosquitoes bring diseases to UK

BBC and Sky News articles recently reported a climate change study that predicts an increase in mosquito-borne diseases in the UK. Photo: Katja Schulz The British climate of rising temperatures, with wetter weather and milder winters, are now suitable for mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. It is predicted that mosquitoes that carry the Dengue … Continue reading "Mosquitoes bring diseases to UK"
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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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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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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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