There are certain things that you have to put up with or learn to live with when you are living in the tropics. One of them is bugs! Yep, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to eliminate all of the bugs! As I think about it, though, I have really grown used to living with other little species all around me. I mean, you see cockroaches in the house, ants, mosquitoes and such… and honestly, no matter how hard you try you can’t get rid of them. If the bugs are a huge problem, you can take steps to reduce the number, though.
The ways to reduce the number of bugs are numerous. Of course, you can use sprays or lotions to keep them off of your body. There are mosquito repellents to keep the number of mosquito bites to the minimum. There are sprays and other chemicals you can use to kill cockroaches. There are also natural remedies for many of these things too. But, regardless of the remedy you choose, you will need to learn to tolerate such pests to some extent.
If you are going to the fruit stand or public market, do you know how you can tell which fruit there is the sweetest? Well, you look for the fruit that has ants crawling all over it, and those are the sweet fruits that day! If the fruit was not sweet, the ants would not be there! So, in choosing what to buy, ants can actually be your friend! When you get home with your purchases, just wash them off with water, and the ants will be (mostly) eliminated from the fruit!
I can remember when we first moved here from the States, if I saw ants on food or anywhere outside the house, I would immediately go into action to kill them, or shoo them away to go somewhere else. Now, I pretty much just look at them and go on with what I am doing – no big deal!
How about you, if you are planning to move here do you think you can learn to live with such pests?