ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – We reported at the start of summer the story of hundreds of mosquito-infested tires sitting in one Limestone County yard. A neighbor complained, calling it a safety hazard and an eyesore. The health department agreed. WHNT NEWS 19 tried talking with the owner of the tires, but got nowhere.
Stanley Schult owns the tires. WHNT NEWS 19 tried talking with Schult to see if he knew about his neighbors concern. Schult knew, but didn’t care enough to willingly make a change.
“I’m still having the same issues we had earlier in the year and the year before. The mosquitoes are horrendous,” said Darwin Brazier.
Brazier contacted WHNT NEWS 19′s Venton Blandin years ago to say mosquitoes were biting him and his family. Brazier blames his neighbor, Schult, and Schult’s water-filled tires.
“I think the story was good. I haven’t seen any results. It still has the same of tires and mosquitoes,” added Brazier.
The Limestone County Health Department believes the water-filled tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes that could carry West Nile Virus.
Brazier has dodged the bugs.
“You try to rush, hurry up to mow the grass and get back inside,” added Brazier.
He’s even made a bee-line straight to Schult several times over the years. WHNT NEWS 19 has also tried talking to Schult.
The health department sent Schult a violation notice on May 15, 2012. The department’s Environmental Supervisor told WHNT NEWS 19 a few days later, Schult responded and was working to fix the situation. The supervisor recommended Schult cover the tires to keep water from getting inside to avoid facing consequences. The supervisor said weeks later, Schult was in good standing with the department at the time, since pest control sprayings were scheduled.
“Some days are worse than others. Overall, the problem is bad,” added Brazier.
The sprayings were not part of WHNT NEWS 19′s previous conversation with the supervisor. WHNT NEWS 19 went to see the supervisor again to see how things were going, but learned the supervisor retired.
Brazier feels Schult has made no change to improve anyone’s health.
“He has moved a few tires around and put them into neat stacks. It is still a mess. He is still bringing them in daily, so there are more tires than there were last time,” added Brazier.
WHNT NEWS 19 did talk with the new environmental supervisor. The supervisor was unaware of Brazier’s complaints, but promised to look into things and respond.