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Old 03-29-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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I'm looking to buy a house next to a retention basin.

Will there be a potential flooding issue? Will there be a lot of mosquitoes during the summer?
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Old 03-30-2014, 01:25 AM
 
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Typically water in retention basins doesn't stay long enough for mosquitoes to be attracted to them...they aren't stagnant, they usually have a drain somewhere so it can collect water during a storm and release it afterwards.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Humble, TX
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Our family lived next to a retention pond for 12 years in Marysville, though, we were elevated above it by about 25 feet up a small hill. The hillside and the area around the pond was very vegetative, and there was a bit of a wooded area adjacent to the pond. The pond was home for lots and lots of frogs, which will eat lots of bugs, and the woods were home to bats, which eat a tremendous number of mosquitoes. We were out in our yard at night plenty during the summer and never had issues with mosquitoes. We saw them, but never in large numbers as they were being kept in check by the frogs and mosquitoes. It got fairly loud at night during the mating season for the frogs, which I actually miss falling asleep to.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:59 PM
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We don't have a retention pond within about a mile and yet we have mosquitoes in early summer just from the standing water in the ditch along the street (no curbs/sidewalks). The retention ponds tend to be dry by mid-July before the skeeters have hatched. As for flooding, I have never seen it happen in our area, but just make sure that it either has a drain foir when it gets too full, or that one edge is lower than your house so it would flood into the street and down a hill rather than your house. Except for near rivers, we rarely get enough heavy rain at once to overflow one of those, but you just never know.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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