Spectrum Brands, Inc. -- Pet, Home & Garden Division Announces Donation of 55,000 units of mosquito repellent to Zika Virus impacted areas

Mar 01, 2016, 09:00 ET from Spectrum Brands

ST. LOUIS, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With rising concerns about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Pet, Home & Garden Division announced a donation of 55,000 units of mosquito repellent for people in the affected areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The donation is being coordinated by the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA).

"Spectrum Brands is committed to helping families living in the affected regions minimize their exposure to mosquitoes that may carry the Zika virus," said Eric Kenney, Division Vice President, Home & Garden Marketing, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Pet, Home & Garden Division. "In addition to our product donation, we've also significantly increased our repellent production plan to ensure that our retailer partners in the U.S. will avoid any out-of-stocks. Outside of the U.S., we are working as quickly as possible to register our insecticide products with governments in Latin America so that more products will be available for consumers in those markets as well."

Information about the Zika virus is available from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Pet, Home & Garden Division is a global leader in lawn and garden and home pest control products, and personal insect repellents. The company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading, widely trusted brands including Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot®, Black Flag® and Liquid Fence®.

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Use Personal Repellents

  • Consumers need to use an EPA-registered personal insect repellent, which the CDC recommends as a highly effective way to reduce risk.
  • Consumers should consider treating clothing, backpacks, tents and shoes with permethrin-based spray.
  • Be prepared with the following products for consumer use:

Cutter® Backwoods™ Insect Repellent (Aerosol)
Unscented Cutter® Insect Repellent (Aerosol)
Repel® Insect Repellent Sportsmen Max Formula® 40% DEET (Aerosol)
Repel® Insect Repellent Sportsmen Formula® 25% DEET (Aerosol)
Repel® Tick Defense (Aerosol)

Protect The Yard 

  • Consumers can reduce mosquitoes around the home by removing the places they might breed. Empty standing water from flower pots, bird baths, barrels and pet dishes, and clean out leaves and debris from rain gutters.
  • Consumers should consider using a do-it-yourself spray insecticide registered for mosquito control. Spray over the entire yard, including shrubs, bushes and grassy areas.
  • Be prepared with the following products for consumer use:

Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control Spray Concentrate
Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control Outdoor Fogger
Repel® Outdoor Fogger Camp Fogger2

Protect The Home 

  • The Zika-carrying Aedes mosquito is drawn to the indoors, so close entry points by repairing screens on windows and weather on doors if needed.
  • Consumers should keep a good flying insect control aerosol product on hand that's registered for indoor use against mosquitoes.
  • Be prepared with the following products for consumer use:

Black Flag® Flying Insect Killer3 (Aerosol)
Hot Shot® Flying Insect Killer3 (Aerosol)

About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.

Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE: SPB), a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a global and diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders' hardware, faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents and auto care products. For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.

Media Contact: Chelsey Watts Fleishman Hillard 314.982.7705 chelsey.watts@fleishmanhillard.com

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