Gaborone - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Weevils and ants are what I have experienced - Dec 2023

The occasional ants and mosquitos were present but nothing too bad. Some people had snakes and scorpions but that was pretty rare. Almost everyone had a lizard or two, but they ate the bugs. - Jul 2019

There are a lot of mosquitoes at certain times of the year, but fortunately there hasn't been malaria in Gaborone. - Apr 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 2016

Nothing major - small house ants occasionally, and some mosquitoes (but no malaria). - Mar 2015

North of Botswana you need malaria medicine. Gaborone does not need malaria medicine. - Oct 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 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 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 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 2010

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