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Are there any unusual problems with insects or other infestations in housing?

There are a lot of mosquitoes at certain times of the year, but fortunately there hasn't been malaria in Gaborone. - Apr 30, 2017
There are a remarkable number of mosquitoes for such a dry place. Good thing they don't have malaria. Also flies are a real annoyance. - Jul 8, 2016
Nothing major - small house ants occasionally, and some mosquitoes (but no malaria). - Mar 2, 2015
North of Botswana you need malaria medicine. Gaborone does not need malaria medicine. - Oct 12, 2014
There are rumors of baboon spiders. I didn't see any, but I did see some rather large brown spiders, mosquitoes (non-Malaria area). - Nov 24, 2013
Minor mosquitoes only in the summer. No need for malaria prophylaxis unless you are traveling to the tourist areas in the north of the country. - Jul 27, 2013
There is no malaria in Gaborone. We had trouble with ants (the biting variety), but it was managed with a local pest company (non-toxic chemicals). - Apr 22, 2013
Many households suffer from ants and termites. There are mosquitos in Gaborone, but there is no problem with malaria in Gaborone or the southern part of the country. You must take anti-malarial drugs if you travel north of the Tropic of Capricorn. All of the main tourist attractions like Chobe and the Okavango are in the north and require malaria meds when you visit. - Jun 6, 2010