No one likes mosquitoes (really, no one) and they just won’t quit. And their nastiness has another side effect related to real estate. Zillow VP of Communications Amy Bohutinsky wrote a blog post two years ago that foreclosures are helping spread the West Nile Virus since untended backyard swimming pools are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry the virus.
Now, WPTV of West Palm Beach, FL is reporting that the thousands of foreclosures in the area continue to be hazardous to neighbors. According to WPTV, this property at 939 W Lakewood Rd, West Palm Beach, FL, has a “… pool that has sat dirty for more than six months and it’s become a haven for mosquitoes, huge frogs and snakes.” The home has been in foreclosure for more than a year.
The city has even set up a meeting with the bank that owns the property to discuss the issue. West Palm Beach has applied for stimulus money, in part, to purchase, repair and renovate foreclosed homes. Perhaps they will do what Californian officials did and use aerial maps to find these mosquito breeding grounds.