I haven’t heard anybody complain about bugs and insects here in Chapala and Ajijic but that doesn’t mean that they are not that bad. During winter, bugs and insects are not that bad. The time that I assume they would be bad would be the tail end of the rainy season and when it gets pretty hot in summer. It could as hot as 100 to 105 Fahrenheit here during summer. But for me, it’s not a big deal. When it gets too hot here, you just get under a shade and you’re fine. Compared to Chicago, Houston, Louisiana, it is not as humid here. At night, you could sleep comfortably with a fan, while in Chicago, if I didn’t have the air-conditioning cranked up then that would be bothersome. During December, in the morning, when we wake up, the temperature here in Chapala and Ajijic is about 50 to 60 degrees at its coldest and at mid-day it would go up to about 85 degrees. The sun is really bothersome; not the heat.
As a doctor, I tend to focus on telling people not to leave any sitting water. For example, when people are recycling tires and have tires around their house, after it rains, mosquitoes come around. Right now we have to worry about dengue virus and chikungunya, which causes breakbone fever, which is pretty painful.
Here in Chapala and Ajijic, it’s not about the quantity of mosquitoes but the quality of the illness that you get from mosquitoes. You can get very sick. In comparison with Chicago where I am from, I think the bugs and insects are worse up there than here.