Jakarta - Post Report Question and Answers

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

No. - Sep 2020


We found a python in the basement of my office once. :) Jakarta has all the pests: mosquitos, rats, flying ants, etc. Houses and apartments have well-sealed windows and doors, eliminating most of those risks. - Feb 2018


Mosquitos are more than just a nuisance. They carry dengue fever so be careful. - Jun 2015


The insect problem- so we had every possible size and color of ant and it was important to be super vigilant about cleaning- nothing sweet or sticky for the kids outside of the dining room- no juice anywhere but there- the ants could get in the butter dish and break through a sealed tupperware - items often had to be stored in the freezer to keep the ants out. Mosquitoes were a nightmare- along with the toxic spray they use to kill them, which I'm sure is very poisonous to us also. We had a large rat in the house once also. I was over the mosquitoes and ants for sure by the time we left. - Jan 2015


Mosquitoes can be a problem. Dengue fever is problematic, which luckily none of us ever got. - Jan 2013


Make sure you get your vaccinations before coming and take anti-malarials if you travel outside of Java and Bali. Dengue fever can be a problem -- make sure you use bug spray! - Jun 2012


mosquitoes and dengue fever even in jakarta. - Jan 2012


The Medical Unit frequently reminded people to make sure not to have pools of standing water around because they can be breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes. - Jul 2011


There are mosquitoes but they are not obnoxious. You will not get malaria but dengue in like an urban legend--always on the fringe but never someone you know well. - Jul 2011


Mosquitoes carry dengue, though most ex-pats don't get dengue badly, since it requires multiple exposures for serious illness. When you are sick with dengue, however, it is awful. - Dec 2010


Mosquitoes carry Dengue Fever (NOT pleasant!) - Nov 2010


I hear there are malaria- and dengue-carrying mosquitoes. However, I had no insect problems in two years and cannot remember being bitten by anything. - Jul 2010


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