Mosquitoes, Foreclosed Homes & Responsibility

October 4, 2011

Dear Editor of GraniteBay.com,

This community has a problem, which if nothing is done will only get worse. Summer is the time of year when mosquitoes commonly come out to breed and feed. At the same time there has been an increase of foreclosed homes in this area. Mosquitoes plus foreclosed homes equals a bad combination.

A mosquito is more than just an annoying blood-sucking insect, whose bite can leave an itchy welt; it is also a creature that is known to carry and pass on the West Nile Virus, a disease; the condition ranges from mild to severe, and in some rare cases, it can even cause death. It is a well known fact that mosquitoes breed in stagnate water. This means that foreclosed homes in this area make the prefect breeding ground because, many of these homes have swimming pools that have not been properly maintained in months.

Luckily, this year our mild summer temperatures kept the mosquito population down. In an article published in the Granite Bay Alert, it states that out of 1,500 mosquito samples, 37 [of them] tested positive for West Nile Virus.” Knowing that, I wonder: if next summer is a hot one, full of triple digit temperatures, and the foreclosures continue, what will happen to those unmaintained pools and the houses and properties, in general? Are the homeowners of the foreclosed homes still responsible for the upkeep of the houses? Or, are the banks?

In my opinion, the answer is the banks. They take the homes and then fail to maintain the property. They leave the grass to die, weeds to grow high, and the mosquitoes to flourish, which means that the banks are also in charge of West Nile prevention. The steps are easy, if the banks would just bother to do them: call the county and have mosquito fish added to the pool to cut back on larvae. To get these fish you simply call the Placer Mosquito Abatement District at (916) 380-5444.

Come on; get these neighborhood cesspools under control!

Thanks,

C.C., Representing Granite Bay’s Frustrated Community Members

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