Mosquito-infested pool at foreclosed house draws health concerns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Thousands of mosquitoes in swampy pool water are bugging neighbors in the Northeast Heights.

They say an infested backyard pool has been a problem for months -- despite their complaints.

The dirty pool is in the backyard of a foreclosed home, and neighbors say it's a health hazard that needs to be fixed immediately. “I have a dear neighbor who wants to spend time on her beautiful patio, she can't even go outside without 30 or 40 mosquitoes coming in her house,” said resident Karla Ogden.

She lives across the street from the foreclosed house on Larchmont Drive off Tramway.

The five bedroom, three bathroom home is valued at $460,000 on the Trulia realty website.

However, what's lurking in the backyard is another story.

Dark, putrid water has been sitting in the pool since December, which is when neighbors say the home was foreclosed.

“With West Nile Virus in New Mexico and all the mosquitoes that are in the pool, it's dangerous,” said Ogden.

Sky News 13 chopper video shows the pool on the 17,000 square-foot lot -- a dangerous breeding ground with globs of larvae on the stagnate water.

Neighbors filed 311 complaints, and even contacted the home's management company with no response.

Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS) has a sign on the door for reporting emergencies and violations. Their landscaper showed up and says he's repeatedly notified them to drain the pool, too.

KRQE News 13 asked the health department to come out and they say they haven't seen a case this bad.

“There are thousands of mosquito larvae in there, so we just put a treatment down that will take care of those overnight,” said Mark DiMenna with the city’s health department.

However, he says it's a temporary fix and they'll contact MCS to make sure the pool is properly drained, cleaned, and covered.

It's some measure of relief for neighbors.

KRQE News 13 reached out to MCS about the pool. A representative says it was assessed last week, but now they will expedite the drain request. They did not say when that will be.


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