July 14, 2014
Neighbors just off of East High Street in Charlottesville have been frustrated about a new breeding ground for mosquitoes.
They say the standing water at a new tire shop was making the mosquito population explode.
A professional spraying crew treated the area on Monday and discovered Harding's Auto Sales isn't solely to blame.
"It's important to note yes, the tire shop is an issue but they called me up. They're doing something about it," says Jeff Rude with Mosquito Squad, the company hired to spray the tire shop.
Rude says treating the problem at the tire shop is just the first step to getting rid of the mosquitoes in the area.
"Treating the tire area is only going to be one part of the problem. One of the major things that we advocate is teaming up in the community making sure that everyone is doing their part," he says.
Rude says while tires are typically an easy breeding ground for mosquitoes, the specific type of mosquitoes we're seeing this summer, combined with a tire shop, makes the problem even worse.
"Asian Tiger Mosquito's which are the ones that we're seeing and actually they make up roughly 90% of the mosquitoes in this area. They came to the United States supposedly through tires all the way to Texas and have slowly migrated all the way up," he says.
Rude took a look around the neighborhood to see if he could spot any other hot areas for mosquitoes and he did.
"This bucket is overturned which is good but now they're building these buckets with this flange on the outside there's at least a bottle cap full of water in every single one of these compartments. That is unlimited breeding ground for mosquitoes," he says.
Rude says it only takes enough water to fill a bottle cap to create a breeding ground for 100-300 mosquitoes and that amount of water is easy to find in anyone's front yard.
"The tires are an easy target but we've got issues going on all over in every single yard. You can find at least 3 or 4 different areas where there's a problem," he says.
Rude suggests flipping over anything that could possibly collect water in your yard like tarps and toys.
CBS19 spoke with the owner of Harding's Auto Sales who says he plans to have the sprayers come out frequently through the end of the mosquito season.