When will tree pollen season end?

Published: Apr. 28, 2015 at 8:15 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - For most people, yellow pine pollen covering their cars is the last things they want to see. But there's one place that can't get enough of it: the car wash.
"We love pollen. It's like yellow gold to us," said Andrew Kuhle, general manager at Car Pool on Midlothian Turnpike.

Car washes across the area see an uptick in business this time of year. It's so big, in fact, that they make plans for it months in advance.

"We hire a lot of our teams in the beginning stages of the year. Preparing for the snow and the salt volume and also the double whammy effect that we get, that follows up with the pollen volume," said Kuhle.
Pine pollen is one of the most common types of tree pollen across Central Virginia. With its large grain size and bright color, it's easy to spot.  However, few people are actually allergic to pine. Most are bothered by other tree pollens like oak and hickory.

Wondering when your car will finally stay clean? The physicians at Richmond Allergy and Asthma Specialists say it won't be much longer.

"I think [pine pollen] is starting to drop off a little bit now, but I would hold off on washing your cars or washing other things for another couple weeks or so just to make absolutely sure," said Dr. William Hark.
While tree pollen levels will be going down, Mother Nature still has more in store for us.
"Grass [pollen] is starting and grass will get bad toward May and then into June and July. And of course in Richmond you have mold too, which effects a lot of people," said Dr. Hark.

 If you suffer from allergies, don't let your guard down just yet!

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