incognito anti-mosquito blog

  • Plastic made from sugarcane? How we're reducing our environmental footprint

    Did you know millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year? The situation has got so bad that unless something changes we are on course to have more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050! This would mean even more damage to marine wildlife [...]

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  • Danger! We are living in a pesticidal world

    Pesticides surround us – they are used on everything from our food to our skin. However, how much do you know about the possible dangers they carry for our bodies and our ecosystems?

    Pesticides are defined as anything that kills an organism. Widespread usage of these chemicals in farming has heavily disrupted ecosystems, especially as un-targeted species are inadvertently affected. [...]

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  • Summertime!

     

    We are now enjoying the beauty of Spring and, with summer just around the corner, some welcome warmer weather that has brought a kaleidoscope of colour as plants and trees flower and blossom. Yellow daffodils, brilliant bluebells and vibrant lilac crocuses are in full bloom bringing with them (we hope) blue skies and perhaps a little less to complain about.

    With the change [...]

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  • 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 as most wristbands.) [...]

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  • 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!Snow scene

    That reality is clear as following a hard days work we trudge home in the near darkness [...]

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  • A Month in the Jungle 

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    Nope – not a jungle in South America, but the so called ‘jungle’ refugee camp in Calais (although incognito Insect [...]

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  • 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 to your perfume! [...]

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  • The Rise of the Jellyfish

    You may be wondering why we’re writing a blog about jellyfish when we usually protect people from avoiding insect and tick bites!? You may also be wondering why we’re even writing a blog about jellyfish in the first place. Well, the answer to both these ponders is because we make a clever device called a Zap-Ease® that takes away the [...]

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  • The Bustle of Bombita - Part 2

    Enshrined in the incognito articles of association, is a commitment to donate 10% of profits to Charity. While this is a fundamental part of what we do, and why we do it, we also try to offer support in other ways. Where possible, we have offered knowledge and guidance to individuals or organiRead More

  • The Bustle of Bombita

    Incognito’s commitment to donating 10% of all profits to charity has allowed us to support a rich variety of creative and life-changing projects of all shapes and sizes.

    One such project, is a student-led enterprise from the Enactus Edinburgh society. Their project aims to confront the lack of opportunities available to young people in Bombita, a village which sits on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Their solution? An insect-repellent soap which is made and sold locally to simultaneously tackle challenges of hygiene, insect-borne disease, income and education.

    In the first of two guest-blog posts written by Laura; one of the student volunteers, we are introduced to the small village of Bombita, its beauty, eccentricities & charm, and also the challenges and hardships which were to inspire Laura to undertake this project with the Enactus Edinburgh team.

    IMG_1434If I were to describe my first experience of Bombita in one one word - departing an over-crowded, dilapidated bus as I said farewell to the middle-age woman with whom I had shared a lap with for the past 6 hours, whilst the audacious orange and red sign marked BOMBITA glared me in the face - it would be foreign. In this particular instant I was beginning to wander if the feat that I had taken on was in fact rather brash. I was seventeen and had newly graduated from secondary school, I had spent the past year and a half fundraising to fly to the Dominican Republic and volunteer as an art teacher and until this point had not once doubted whether or not I was capable of spending 12 months away from my friends and family, never mind learn an entirely new language or control a classroom of 30 finger painting 5 year olds. I could have never anticipated the warmth with which I would be welcomed into the lives of complete strangers and how quickly I would gain a second family in the Dominican Republic.

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