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

Mosquitoes, ants and cockroaches....typical for tropical weather. We also have little lizards that don't seem to hurt anything. - Feb 2020


Even though we live in a high rise ants seem to find their way in. The building recommends chemical treatment that we will do when we are not in the unit. - May 2018


Nothing more than what we expected for a tropical city. - Feb 2017


You will have bugs. They aren't that bad. - Jul 2016


Lots of mosquitos, Dengue can be a problem. - Jan 2016


There will be cockroaches and ants in your home, no matter how clean your place is. Dengue fever (transmitted through mosquitoes) is a significant problem in Manila. - Jan 2016


Mosquitoes are impossible, unbearable, and just pure evil. They are small and noiseless, so I cannot hear them attack me! I do not go outside without a mosquito repellent, especially during the rainy season because so many people we know have had dengue fever. Watch our for monstrous cockroaches and ticks. - Jan 2016


Not many just the usual coaches and roaches. - Sep 2015


There's dengue here and lots of little bugs crawling about. - Aug 2015


Mosquitoes with dengue. Ants. Roaches. I've been relying on diatomaceous earth. - Aug 2015


Lots of mosquitos and mosquito borne illnesses, ants, roaches. - Sep 2014


No real issues with any insects. Once in awhile I see and get rid of a cockroach. - Jan 2014


Not many in Manila. - Dec 2013


In Manila, few to speak of. Some units have cockroaches or ants, but rarely are they troublesome. Outside of the city, mosquitoes can carry dengue or (in Palawan) Malaria. - Nov 2013


Again, I would compare it to Florida. There are mosquitos, cockroaches, lizards, beetles, worms, huge snails and they all come out after the rain. I wouldn't consider it bad though, you probably see even less if you're in the sky-rise apartments in the Fort. - Aug 2013


Mosquitoes are everywhere, but if you use repellent they are not too bad. - Apr 2013


Mosquitoes are bad. We have had ant problems in our car (what are they eating?) and house, despite our best efforts. Weavils got into almost all of our dry goods, requiring us to toss a bunch of stuff. After we purchased airtight containers, the problem disappeared. - Feb 2013


In our condo, we have little fruit flies that we just can't seem to get rid of. Around the rest of Manila there are giant flying cockroaches. - Sep 2012


Dengue fever is a major concern here, with three people we know having been hospitalized due to contracting this. A four-year-old child living in the ritzy Forbes Park neighborhood died due to Dengue last year. Roaches and other insects can be an issue, depending on where you are housed. - May 2012


Lots of BIG cockroaches outside (like any tropical country), but we have had no issues with it inside our apartment. Loads of mosquitoes, but if you live in an apartment in Makati or the Fort you won't be bothered by them. - Mar 2012


Cockroaches at night. We only saw one in our apartment. Our yaya keeps our place pretty clean, so we haven't seen any inside our apartment. Mosquitos outside, ants perhaps. Just like living in Southern Florida really. - Jan 2012


Big, large flying cockroaches. Ravenous mosquitoes. And all sorts of ants from harmless brown ones to the biting kind. It's a tropical climate, so expect a lot of insects around the place. The mosquitoes can carry dengue - even in Manila. Most sprays, candles and other defenses don't really work. The roaches are just gross but I didn't hear of people having them in their house. But the brown ants can be a kitchen nuisance. - Jul 2011


The mosquitoes are fairly vicious. Cockroaches. Embassy GSO does a good job of controlling them, however. - May 2011


Regular tropical bugs. - May 2011


Mosquitoes are ever-present, and dengue fever is a problem, particularly in the rainy season. Malaria is only an issue in Palawan. - Feb 2010


Definitely mosquitos. I just experienced Dengue and it was no fun and can't even remember getting bitten. Condos are nicer in this regard than a house. I have heard of large cockroaches, but haven't had a problem personally with them. Ants..large and tiny tiny small ones you can hardly see. - Jan 2010


Mosquitoes are problematic, particularly outside of metro Manila. Dengue fever is a growing concern, although one can minimize the risk by avoiding standing water and going out at dusk. - Jul 2009


You have to be vigilant about bugs here. Food can't be left out and regular pest control is a must (find a company that adheres to Western standards of pesticides). - Apr 2009


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