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Paul Clark of East Cape Homes – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Solar eco home with exotic palms, East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn the tourist areas in San José del Cabo, they fumigate very heavily to manage mosquitoes. In some areas here in the East Cape (between Los Cabos and La Paz, on the coast), for a total of a month in a year, the mosquitoes pester us. During seasons with no rainfall, we just leave our windows open without the need to screen them. 
 
After the rains, however, we see a lot of bugs and mosquitoes. In areas where there are a lot of gardens and stagnant water, there are a lot of mosquitoes. The government of San José del Cabo is very proactive with health services going around the area to make sure that there’s no stagnant water in tires or pots. This is to minimize the mosquito risk. 
 
The only mosquito-borne disease in San José del Cabo is Dengue Fever. About 100 people might get dengue a year in the whole San José del Cabo area, but mosquito infestation occurs for only a month in an entire year- during the rainy or the hurricane season. 
 
(Solar eco-home with exotic palms, East Cape, Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured.)
Pepe Acosta of Ventanas Hotel and Residences – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
View of the desert from the rooftop pool at Las Ventanas Hotel & Residences, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMosquitoes, bugs, and insects are more common in during the rainy season, but it is not a problem for us here in Cabo. The rainy season is not very long in Baja California Sur and is during the months of August and September, but more common in September.
 
Baja California Sur is a desert that gets very little rain so because it's so dry all the time, there are not very many insects. 
 
(View of the desert from the rooftop pool at Ventanas Hotel & Residences, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, pictured.)
 
Lana Nixon of La Ventana Bay Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Surfing at the desert in La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIf there is a lot of precipitation or if there are areas with standing water, that is what creates mosquitoes. Here in La Ventana (about 40 minutes from La Paz and two hours from Los Cabos), we don’t have much of that. In other cities and towns in Mexico, more often than not, they have standing water in their homes or septic tanks, which may attract mosquitoes but it is not where you hear of mosquito-borne illnesses.
 
We really don’t have much of that here in La Ventana because it is particularly dry and windy. We have spiders and scorpions. Up in the desert, there are rattlesnakes, termites, and cockroaches, but you don’t see much of them.
 
(Surfing at the desert in La Ventana, Baja California Sur, Mexico, pictured.)
John K. Glaab of the settlement company® – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Western banded gecko found in northwest Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingMosquitoes and other bugs and insects do not have a major effect on health here in the Los Cabos and La Paz area. There are safeguards. The Department of Health comes around once or twice a year to my home to ask if there is any water in an open can or in an old tire. They have packages of powder and they drop them into the tinacos, which are the water storage containers used in houses here.
 
I have not seen a lot of fumigation here in La Paz, though. I saw more fumigation when I lived in San Jose and Los Cabos.
 
If you live on the mainland, you might have an alacran (scorpion) in your home but those are not issues here in La Paz. There are some cute little geckos or the cute little lizards running up your wall and we have lots of ants but we don’t have any toxic insect here. I’m sure part of the reason is because this place is very dry and we have a lot of birds.
 
(Western banded gecko found in northwest Mexico, pictured.)

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