South Jersey Weed Control Can Help Protect Family From Zika

Sep 09, 2016

If you’re a company involved with weed control, yard maintenance and tree and shrub care, such as West Creek-based South Jersey Weed Control, you’re going to be mighty familiar with herbicides.

You’re also going to be mighty familiar with pesticides, because all sorts of insects attack plants. You’ve got to deal with aphids, evergreen bagworms, wood-boring beetles and leaf miners, just to name a few.

And if you’re going to battle with insects that attack plants, well, why not expand that war to include insects that attack pets and people? That’s exactly what South Jersey Weed Control, founded in 1986, has done.

The company, headed by John Zetti and his wife, Christi Sheridan, has offered yard sprays for years.

“Ticks, fleas, ants, mosquitoes and crickets are the biggest reasons some of us don’t get to enjoy the yard as much as we would like,” reads the South Jersey Weed Control website. “We can treat the yard around your home and reduce the population of these insects. Having a party or not, this gives some reprieve to the daily bug problems.

“Take control of your yard again! Enjoy this summer, don’t let the mosquitoes ruin it.”

Mosquitoes, of course, are very much in the news in the summer of 2016, thanks to the Zika virus. There hasn’t been a confirmed case of locally acquired Zika in New Jersey yet, but according to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, there have been 91 travel-related cases in the Garden State as of Aug. 31. If you have the presence of the virus in humans – and who knows how many unconfirmed cases there are, considering most infected adults show no symptoms – well, the chance of human-to-mosquito-to-human spread is always possible.

Mosquitoes, of course, also transmit a variety of other disease-causing and even potentially lethal viruses such as West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis. But a yard spray can be especially effective in battling Zika because the mosquito found in New Jersey that can spread the virus, the Asian tiger mosquito or Aedes albopictus, is an extremely weak flyer with a range of just 100 to 200 yards. So breeding sites will be very close to where such a mosquito will be found, making a yard spray defense practicable.

With long-term forecasters predicting a warmer-than-normal September and October for New Jersey, the mosquito population is likely to hang around longer than usual into the autumn. So a yard spray might still be a good idea. And it would also be a good idea to jot down South Jersey Weed Control’s number – 609-294-1600 for next spring. —R.M.

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