Raleigh family isn’t taking any chances with Zika

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Raleigh family isn’t taking any chances with the Zika virus and has hired a company to ensure they stay healthy.

Lindsay Decker is pregnant with twins and also has a 2-year-old child.

She wanted to make sure mosquitoes stay away from their home.

“This year it seemed like we really needed to have our yard treated,” she said.

Decker said she has no problem spraying her 2-year-old down with bug spray but her pregnancy is another situation.

“It’s really important to me to control as much about this pregnancy as possible,” Decker said.

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She said the birth defects links to Zika and mosquitoes were 90 percent of the reason she decided to hire an expert to treat the yard.

“Pregnancy has its own concerns and worries and fears and the Zika virus just added a whole other layer to that,” Decker said.

Tom Ramoino, owner of Mosquito Joe, said the company does have a higher percentage of new customers this year.

“We’re not really trying to prey on people’s fears about the Zika virus because we’re not experts on the Zika virus. We are very, very good at killing mosquitos,” Ramoino said.

Decker knows no Zika cases have originated in Raleigh but did not want to take any chances since North Carolinians have brought the virus back from traveling abroad.

“It just made me afraid that all it took was a mosquito biting that person and it just sort of spreading from there,” Decker said.

Ramoino said granules are spread across an area. Those granules go after mosquito eggs.

“We’ll sprinkle this around. Anything we can’t turn over, flip, we’ll treat,” he said.

Then a synthetic spray is used to knock down hatched mosquitoes.

“We’re really, really low dosage because at the end of the day we’re just going after the nervous system of a mosquito,” he said.

Experts say the type of mosquito that can carry the virus lives in North Carolina. But no cases have originated in the state.

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