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Old 06-28-2009, 08:10 PM
 
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...do you have issues with mosquitos (more so than the average amount in Jacksonville)?

We're househunting & DH is convinced we can never live on/near a pond because of this. I'm just curious what real people living near ponds have experienced. TIA!
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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As long as the retention ponds are maintained, mosquitoes shouldn't be an issue. They'll either be treated regularly by a pond service, paid for by a community HOA, or they'll have fish in there, which will eat the larvae. Mosquitoes seem to be more of a problem near swampy areas, where there are no controls. Also, my own home is adjacent to a JEA power line property. There happens to be a low spot on the property, so when there's a heavy rain, water will stand for a good 2 weeks. We have a hard time with the skeeters because of that. I need to find a means of attracting dragonflies, since they eat 'em, too.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Black Hammock Island
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As long as the retention ponds are maintained, mosquitoes shouldn't be an issue. They'll either be treated regularly by a pond service, paid for by a community HOA, or they'll have fish in there, which will eat the larvae. Mosquitoes seem to be more of a problem near swampy areas, where there are no controls. Also, my own home is adjacent to a JEA power line property. There happens to be a low spot on the property, so when there's a heavy rain, water will stand for a good 2 weeks. We have a hard time with the skeeters because of that. I need to find a means of attracting dragonflies, since they eat 'em, too.
I agree completely. We don't live on a pond but do live adjacent to a treeline that gets swampy after rains - heaven for mosquitos. We also avoided houses on ponds when we were househunting thinking about mosquitos, but now that we know better, it was an avoidance we didn't have to take after all.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:24 AM
 
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This is enlightening.
A question:
We live not far from a retention pond that literally did not exist 2 years ago.
It was dug out and water came from a nearby lake, plus plenty of rain.
It has fish, frogs turtles etc living in it. (Plenty of dragonflies hanging around, too. Our skeeters are now worse than they were two weeks ago, but not unbearable like in 2007.)
How did the critters get there? Did they migrate?
Sure, some of the minnows are just tadpoles.
But some of the fish are just that: fish. Should I just assume that they released in there?
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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Yes, sometimes fish are brought to the ponds/lakes by people. Other times, I believe fish eggs get brought in by birds/ducks, by accident. Kind of an unintentional occurrence.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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anyway for those of us house hunting to know/see if the pond is being maintained or treated?
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:24 PM
 
Location: NE Florida
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I would be more concerned about water snakes (harmless or not) than skeeters since HOA does have a responsibility to treat the water for skeeters as someone else noted.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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anyway for those of us house hunting to know/see if the pond is being maintained or treated?
Sure. If you can find out the HOA Mgmt Co for that particular neighborhood, a phone call to them could probably answer that question. The listing agent should be able to provide that phone number.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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hold on, I don't do snakes.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Mandarin)
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LOL, well, stay well clear of Florida. haha!
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