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Open air villas and bugs?

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Toronto, Canada
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Open air villas and bugs?

I'm looking into booking a villa in Santa Teresa for February or March of next year. A number of these villas seem to have a number of unenclosed rooms, except for the bedrooms. Where ever we go, my kids seem to be mosquito-magnets. Are there a lot of biting bugs to deal with in these open-air living room/dining room/kitchen/bathrooms? Would we be able to sit around a breakfast/dinner time and enjoy ourselves?


Costa Rica
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1. Re: Open air villas and bugs?

If you are concerned about the open areas, then there are a couple of solutions that you can find at any supermarket:

1. Mosquito coils -- you can burn these coils and they will keep bugs away.

2. Plug-ins -- these little "gizmos" are like those plug-in air fresheners except they have a cardboard insert that is impregnated with insect repellant.

I have used both of these and they really work.

Atlanta, GA
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2. Re: Open air villas and bugs?

The Off clip on fans are good to use as well...portable and they seem to handle a small radius around them (ie: put them on a table and turn them on while you're eating or clip them to your person). A really good, albiet weird thing that works for me is to mix 1/3 blue listerine and 2/3 water in a spray bottle and spray yourself and a barrier wherever you are (tip from the head botanist at the atlanta botanical gardens). I also use a product called Bugs at Bay from Moondance soaps (I think thats the name of the company)...a super granola friend recommended years ago, and mosquitos love us - we're deep in humid mosquito land, and that works too (based on lemon eucalyptus oil among other things) with the added advantage of actually smelling nice. I'd bring some hydrocortisone and/or afterbite just in case. Its hard to ask for things like that in pharmacies in Spanish.

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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3. Re: Open air villas and bugs?

You will find that most of the restaurants are open air.

If you are looking for a rental that is not open air, you will have to find one that is totally AC.

I would agree with both posts above, after all, you are in the tropics, there are bugs, we all get bit. I am not fond of bug repellant, but do give in and use it when I can't stand being the bug smorgasbord any longer!!

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