Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington > Seattle area
Seattle area Seattle and King County Suburbs
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 03-29-2014, 10:18 PM
30 posts, read 61,302 times
Reputation: 23


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?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Old 03-30-2014, 12:25 AM
347 posts, read 669,362 times
Reputation: 388
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2014, 03:08 PM
Location: Humble, TX
403 posts, read 681,069 times
Reputation: 443
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2014, 05:59 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
44,551 posts, read 81,085,957 times
Reputation: 57728
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-30-2014, 08:58 PM
Location: Seattle
8,169 posts, read 8,289,381 times
Reputation: 5986
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply

Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Washington > Seattle area
Similar Threads
View detailed profiles of:

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top