Sao Paulo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Tiny ants. No matter how clean I keep the kitchen they are a nuisance. - May 2021

Moquitoes can be an issue in certain places (parks, etc.). Some people have tiny ants in their homes. - Apr 2021

Not really. Some people have problems with small ants. - Aug 2019

Ants can be an issue and mosquitoes will always find a way in, even if you live in a high-rise apartment. - Nov 2017

Thankfully, I've never seen a single bug in my apartment. - Apr 2017

Mosquitoes. My daughters get eaten up at dusk. It's good to wear insect repellant. There was a huge increase in dengue in 2015, double the rate compared to the year previous, but mostly in poor neighborhoods. - Aug 2015

None really. - Aug 2013

We never encountered any problems. The city government runs PSAs about dengue and prevention of mosquito breeding, but I have not known anyone who has had dengue. Malaria is not a problem in Sao Paulo. - Dec 2012

Many apartments seem to have problems with ants and termites; mosquitos are not a problem in the city but can be quite a nuisance at the beach especially the Northern beaches (Litoral Norte). Also, look out for black flies (“Borrachuda”) around the area of Sao Sebastiao and Ilhabella – their bites are about 10 times as bad as mosquitos. - Jan 2012

nothing too bad - Jan 2012

None in Sao Paulo, but the beaches and interior have mosquito problems that can be quite a bit more difficult to deal with than in the US. - Jan 2012

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