Local company develops mosquito repellant to combat Zika virus

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EARTH CITY, MO (KPLR) - Spectrum brands has been making repellants to keep mosquito's at bay for years and now they have a special formula for the group carrying the Zika virus.

The research happened at the company’s laboratory in Earth City. Scientist and researchers are developing the latest wave in pest control. Since the rise of Zika they`ve become more focused on the mosquito breed carrying the Zika virus. So far they have 60 products available to fight it.

Spectrum brands representative Randy Lewis says the 47-year-old local company just donated over 55,000 units of repellant to areas affected by the virus.

'Some of our Cutter and insect repellents in connection with the CDC were sent for distribution in the US Virgin Island and Puerto Rico to pregnant women and other needy people in that area. I would recommend that consumers look for a high quality EPA recommended product that contains DEET or Picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.' Said Lewis

Spectrum also has travel sized containers available to make sure spring breakers have what they need to stay safe, especially if they're traveling to warm places like Latin America. Spectrum brands has over 500 employees throughout the St. Louis area.

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