Fast Fact of the Month: September + Hurricanes & How You Can Help

HURRICANE SEASON PREP

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In response to Hurricane Dorian, we will donate mosquito and deodorant wipes to families and relief workers in Abaco following the storm during the months of September and October to play a small part in helping Bahamians and relief workers slightly more comfortable and protected during what is already a most difficult time. 

If you want to get involved, we are excited about the work these global charities are doing: World Central KitchenBStrongTeam Rubicon

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Hurricane season peaks from late August into September with the most activity around mid-September in the United States. Last year was no exception with Hurricane Florence making landfall mid-month, and Michael hitting shortly after. And as we type this, Hurricane Dorian has devastated much of our beloved Bahamas. #BahamasStrong

No matter the intensity of the storm, there’s typically one common problem for all areas affected…Mosquito populations. Hurricanes bring wet, damp grounds, and standing water. Aka: ideal breeding conditions for these blood-sucking insects. Immediately following a storm, female Mosquitoes lay eggs in damp soil. We’re talking millions of eggs. Then, about two to four weeks after a storm, eggs hatch and floodwater mosquitoes are born. They’re typically two to three times larger than an average mosquito and spread harmful diseases. For those sensitive to bites, they can leave you with large, fever-inducing welts on the skin versus the typical dime-sized irritation.

In some states, like North & South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, mosquitoes are considered a public health issue post hurricanes. So even once summer is long gone, your risk for mosquito-born illness is not. Our all-natural mosquito repellent wipes are safe, effective and easy to take with you everywhere you go. And in this situation, they can protect you from far more than an itchy inconvenience! 

- Written by Rachel Levy