Maintaining Foreclosure Homes with Fishes and Organic Pesticide

by Peter Vernon on Foreclosure Crisis

As abandoned properties continue to pepper the Florida neighborhoods, communities are having difficulties dealing with the many problems that this situation has brought including increased crimes, orphaned pets and of course, declining home prices. The latest concern is the increase in the mosquito population.

With the numerous abandoned pools, serving as homes to these disease-bearing insects, it is not surprising that Florida residents are starting to complain to the Bureau of Pest Control. To address this issue, the bureau is encouraging the use of Gambusia, a fish that feeds on mosquito larvae.

Aside from these fishes, the use of an organic material that specifically kills mosquito larvae can also be effective in addressing the problem with the growing mosquito population. This organic material can actually last for many months and is very cost-efficient.

Although neighborhoods are worried about these foreclosure homes with pools, there is no indication that each one has become a breeding ground for these mosquitoes. In fact, out of 100 abandoned pools, only one was found to have mosquito larvae.

According to the Mosquito Control of Lee County, abandoned pools of foreclosure properties do not really attract mosquitoes like ditches with standing water. But, prevention is still better than the cure and it would be beneficial for the community if the population of the mosquitoes is controlled as early as possible. Considering the rise in the cost of living, it would help if neighborhoods are protected from illnesses and diseases carried by these insects.

To date, Florida still possesses one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates. There are approximately 48.6 filings for every one thousand Florida homes, which is the third highest number of foreclosure filings in the country. Leading the pack are Nevada and Arizona, with 59.1 and 54.9 filings respectively.

Compared to last year of the same period, Florida’s foreclosure rate has risen by 176 percent.

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