Since the first year in my new construction Lennar home, there have been mosquitoes my Westshore Yacht Club house. They are everywhere and all the time. Nothing helps. And these aren’t just any type of mosquito – they are the Asian tiger mosquitoes that also carry the Zika virus, amongst other diseases.
Yes, Florida is known for mosquitoes, but I have never had an issue with these bugs on the inside of my house. These mosquitoes are everywhere and in the house (both the main house and detached guest retreat/office in the back). There are all sorts of theories of how they get in, including coming to the house in some sort of building material. I don’t know, but nothing seems to help get rid of them. I’m not the only one having issues.
Whether it’s the bad doors letting them or something to do with the land and environment that this house was built on, the mosquitoes in the house have become progressively worse since the first year I’ve lived here.
Here’s a video of a friend over to work on July 4, 2017. He didn’t stay long either.
This will give you an idea of just how big these mosquitoes are – and they hurt.
Here is another video of more of these mosquitoes in the house and this time in my office. I actually go outside to escape them. I wear long pants and sleeves all the time indoors – even in the heat of summer.
Are mosquitoes in the house to blame for declining health and symptoms?
I have experienced the following symptoms over the course of living here:
- Unexplained fevers
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Limb and body swelling/inflammation
- Sinus infections
- Eye infections
- Dry Eye
- Bloody noses
Background and responses from the builder on mosquito issues
Here’s the summary of the mosquitoes in the house issue from all of construction issues I keep in a spreadsheet.
*Note: For simplicity, the Lennar and WCI Communities names here are used interchangeably as Lennar took over WCI in February of 2017.
2013-2014 – First issues were reported to WCI. The initial responses were from Joel Fedora who is now a Vice President of Construction with Lennar.
Late-2014 – Towards the end of the year, I retained Amanda Buffinton (at the time a shareholder at Bush Ross) to start working the legal side of the issues, because nothing was getting resolved. The first Lennar in-house legal response happens around this time.
July 2015 – The case expands and WCI moves the case from in-house to outside legal. The outside legal responses are from this time.
September 2015 – Amanda Buffington files a 558 complaint against WCI/Lennar to start the process of filing a construction lawsuit.
October 2015 – Lennar’s outside legal sends a response to the 558 complaint. Their response was completely untrue. It’s the same attorney who provided the first outside legal response in July 2015.
Mosquito infestation in the house description
Mosquito Infestation – The mosquito infestation in Mr. Fannin’s office has reached an alarming level. Mr. Fannin believes that this is related to the water issues at his home and the problems with the doors and windows – all of which have previously been reported. We recently provided a picture of the arm of Mr. Fannin’s assistant, Pamela Socorro, which demonstrates how bad the mosquitos have gotten in the home. Mr. Fannin has pest control treat his home every three months and he keeps his home meticulously clean. As such, it is obvious that this problem is beyond Mr. Fannin’s control. Mr. Fannin demands that WCI review the water, doors and windows issue comprehensively to determine the source of the mosquitos.
Original response to mosquito issue from Joel Fedora
None – this was added after all the construction issues went to legal and the attorneys.
Lennar in-house legal response to mosquito issue
Per 6-30-15 letter from WCI counsel, this issue is a concern for the entire area. WCI will need access to the home to inspect your statements concerning water with regard to this issue and the master bathroom vent.
Amanda Buffinton legal response to Lennar about mosquito issue
Mr. Fannin accepts WCI’s response and will allow WCI to coordinate to access his home to inspect these issues. Mr. Fannin reserves his rights.
Buffinton response to Lennar outside legal (prior to filing the 558)
Same as above.
Final WCI outside legal response to 558 complaint
WCI offered to resolve this item but the Homeowner canceled the repair.
Note: This is not true at all. See: WCI (Now Lennar Homes) Lied in Their Legal Response. Why?
Lennar executive’s response on 5/22/2017
Even though Mark Metheny of Lennar claims this is normal because it’s Florida, Lennar agreed that cause needs to be determined will work towards inspection.
Mark Metheny, Florida Division President of Lennar, wanted to conduct more inspections, as well as bring in an environmental company for initial inspections based on the metal corrosion throughout the house.
I only heard from him once more in June indicating he would get back as soon as possible. The inspections never happened.