Abidjan - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Not really. It's hard to keep lizards out, but they are little and eat bugs, so we don't freak out. There are tons of ants, but it's not terrible. - Mar 2021

There is malaria, dengue, and yellow fever. We know some people have have had nasty bug and rat infestations, but we have not. a few ants, a few centipedes, loads of baby worms after the rains but nothing serious. lizards are inside and out, but they are cute :). - May 2020

Malaria is endemic, and US Mission personnel are required to take a malaria prophylaxis. It's Subsaharan Africa and there are bugs everywhere. Dengue, which has not historically been a problem in Cote d'Ivoire, was causing serious problems in and around Abidjan. Ants, cockroaches, and other insects were common. Again, it is Subsaharan Africa. - Feb 2020

Termites are everywhere. - Mar 2017

Not really. There are a few mosquitoes in Abidjan, but it's not too bad. Some people get ants in their houses. - Aug 2015

Welcome to the wonderful world of insects. Bring bug spray, ant traps, stuff to put on bug bites, and for crying out loud, take your malaria pills. - Jun 2009

I have found giant roaches (around small mouse size) in my house before, and there are various other little beasties that will find their way into your house, including ants and inchworms. That said, I expected the bugs to be bigger and scarier - they aren't really so. Mosquitos are a problem: bring repellent and take your mefloquine, doxycycline, or malarone to avoid malaria. - Jan 2009

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