Neighborhood Overrun by Mosquitoes, Residents Blame Tire Shop

July 11, 2014

"I'm covered in bites, my husband is covered in bites, all four of our children are just covered. We're tired of it," says Charlottesville resident Hannah Pleasants.

Pleasants lives directly across from Harding's Auto Sales on East High Street in Charlottesville and says while she doesn't know for sure where the mosquitoes are coming from, the year-old business could be to blame.

"The only thing that's changed in the recent time is the fact there is a tire place right across the road, possibly that there's standing water in all of them and they're having breeding ground," says Pleasants.

She is not the only resident concerned about the standing water, Cherri Payne's backyard faces the tire shop and says the problem continues to get worse.

"We've contacted the city, we've contacted the health department, you can't go in the backyard without mosquitoes eating you up," says Payne.

It is so bad around her home she says her dog can not even go outside.

"My dog went out to use the bathroom about 11 o'clock the other night and came back in and he just started swelling up and he had little mosquitoes on him. We took him to the emergency vet and they just said he had hives and had an allergic reaction to something," says Payne.

She says her friend was walking through her backyard for only about 5 minutes and was left with several mosquito bites.

"I mean you can't enjoy your yard, you can't walk out to even go to work without have mosquitoes all over you and everybody in the neighborhood is having problems with it," she says.

Payne contacted Brent Harding, the owner of the tire shop, in hopes of getting the problem resolved.

On Tuesday, Harding sprayed a mosquito repellent inside of the tires and throughout the property hoping to kill off mosquito larvae in the standing water.

"You know, you can't go outside. Our animals are getting sick, our friends are getting sick, we just want it cleaned up," says Payne.

Neighbors say previous owners of the tire shop kept all of the tires in a covered trailer and suggest that may be a way to resolve the issue.

CBS19 did reach out to the owner of Harding's Auto Sales, who says he has only received one complaint about the standing water but has hired a spraying company to spray the property on Friday.

He adds, that he worked to quickly resolve the issue once he was made aware.

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