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Old 03-20-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Old Bethpage
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Looking at possibly moving into South Merrick. Is there a huge mosquito problem down there? We currently live near the water in Queens and basically once 70 degree comes around we cannot even go outside because of the enormous amount of mosquitos around. My wife will not get bit once but my daughter and I get bit 5-10 times each night unless I do a spot check around the entire house to make sure no stray mosquitos entered.

I cannot live like that again so need to make sure wherever we move to does not have a massive mosquito problem. A friend of ours moved into central plainview right around Old Country Road with no water around to be found and directly surrounded on all sides by close neighboring plots but he has a crazy mosquito problem as well once dusk hits.

Since I see canals around South Merrick, these look like the type of places mosquitos would breed. Any info would be greatly appreciated. It's not warm enough not to really see for ourselves whether there may be an issue.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:14 AM
 
Location: bellmore
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I am in north bellmore and last year was bad . I mosquito sprayed my yard/bushes with a spray bottle that hooks up to the garden hose sold at home depot . temporary fix but did work , I think you will have it worst near the water/marshes.
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Old 03-21-2014, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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It's been bad everywhere since a few years back with the asian tiger mosquitoes. We're dead center of the island not near water and they're still around. They find small sources of water to reproduce. There's always something flipped right-side up that will hold rain or sprinkler water. They don't fly very far so I don't think the water that the OP is talking about had any real effect on making it bad for them. It's just bad anyway.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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The last 4-5 years I am pretty sure there isn't anywhere safe. The Asian tiger has taken over. Hopefully this cold winter slowed them down a bit.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:27 AM
 
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Merrick's a great community, but your bigger issue is to take a look at the Hurricane Sandy flood maps before you buy. IMHO, no one should buy a home in an area that was inundated with water.

As for mosquitos, I remember a time in the 1990s when the public golf course down there was so inundated with mosquitos that they would reduce the greens fees. You had to slather yourself with bug repellant before heading out to play. I don't know what it's like now.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:34 AM
 
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The last 2 years have been terrible, last year was particularly bad. I live near the center of the island in Suffolk, but my backyard is almost uninhabitable at night, and still not great during the day because of the damn Tiger Mosquitoes. It only takes one backed up gutter or one wheelbarrow that someone forgot to dump the water out of, and you have a small swarm.

Salt marsh mosquitoes are even worse at night at least, as they will fly further, and you probably have to deal with them down in Merrick.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Old Bethpage
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Merrick's a great community, but your bigger issue is to take a look at the Hurricane Sandy flood maps before you buy. IMHO, no one should buy a home in an area that was inundated with water.

As for mosquitos, I remember a time in the 1990s when the public golf course down there was so inundated with mosquitos that they would reduce the greens fees. You had to slather yourself with bug repellant before heading out to play. I don't know what it's like now.
So really it doesn't matter where I am, there is going to be a mosquito issue?

Thanks, of course that was our main concern as well about Hurricane Sandy. The properties we are looking at are solely the ones designated in Zone X so not requiring flood insurance and that did not sustain any damage from Sandy. Optional flood insurance for these areas I am told is very low - $300 a year.

I get the feeling in these areas in South Merrick around these little canals are going to be a prime breeding ground for mosquitos.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Old Bethpage
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It's been bad everywhere since a few years back with the asian tiger mosquitoes. We're dead center of the island not near water and they're still around. They find small sources of water to reproduce. There's always something flipped right-side up that will hold rain or sprinkler water. They don't fly very far so I don't think the water that the OP is talking about had any real effect on making it bad for them. It's just bad anyway.
rh71 where abouts are you exactly?
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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rh71 where abouts are you exactly?
Plainview
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:35 PM
 
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