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12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa Rica

12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa RicaLet’s do something different today, let’s talk about reasons for NOT moving to Costa Rica. Thanks again to Marian, our real estate agent in Atenas, and her almost-famous tenant.

This is the tenant who has done us a favor by writing a 7-page letter to his landlord. In this letter, he explained why he should have never rented this Atenas home after moving to Costa Rica. He had a serious problem with bugs (among many other things) in Costa Rica.

This tenant had a lot of reasons for not moving to Costa Rica. His first complaints were about mangoes, then about the noise and now about the bugs. I have explained in another blog 2 years ago that if you are scared of bugs, Costa Rica is not for you.

Unfortunately, Marian’s tenant did not read my recommendations. Therefore, today I am recommending not to move to Costa Rica if you cannot live in peace with the insects. Unless you follow the instructions at the end of this article.

The house this client had rented was totally renovated by the owner recently, to be used as a vacation rental in Atenas. I am not inventing anything in this blog, I have taken over the text literally and changed the names only.

These are literally the complaints from a real tenant to his landlord who had plenty of reasons for not moving to Costa Rica and did it anyway. I certainly hope he and his wife now live a happy life elsewhere.

12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa Rica

1. Inhabitable house

Insect problems; the house is infested and therefore should be inhabitable.

12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa Rica
Photo by: Chantelle Connelly/Snapchat

2. Eye injury

Charlie was bitten in the eye while sleeping in bed, not outside, and has had a red puffy eye for a week now; he is in extreme pain and discomfort. It was either a spider bite or a scorpion bite. Either way, neither of them should have been inside the house.

3. Ant attack

A bout of ants which we cleaned up and purchased spray to control.

12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa Rica

4. Worm attack

Fat worms constantly coming into the house under the back door so we have to keep a towel down or we get infested at night; they still make their way into the kitchen somehow though.

5. Spider attack

A pile of large furry spiders made their way in one day. But luckily we saw them crawling around as they were heading to the closets; another reason for the towel.

6. Other vermin

Not sure what vermin caused it. But Charlie had several brand new shirts covered with white powdery residue in the closet; not laundry detergent as they had not even been worn yet.

Photo credit: Samuel Ocko.

7. Termites

Termite droppings for two weeks before it was finally addressed. Found out this was not the first time and a bandage fix was to just lightly spray the ceiling above the dining room.

The termite droppings covered our computers and landed in our food.

The lease indicated that personal property loss was not covered for fire etc. but what about termites? The entire house needs to be fogged but all the property manager would approve was a couple of sprays on the ceiling, in one area only.

8. Critters

Constant bugs and termite droppings falling from the ceiling cracks. Especially every time we turn on the lights, which is often since the house is so dark. Even during the day since the trees and roof block the natural light from getting in.

And we keep the fans on. Because it is otherwise really stuffy in here as no breeze gets in either, just noise and insects make their way in. We cannot use the attic ceiling fan either. Because it disturbs the resident iguana and shakes up all the insects that have taken habitation up there. And all the bugs and droppings come down from the ceiling. We sweep up critters several times a day.

And we have to use covered glasses as well otherwise we have insects and droppings in our drinks.

9. Cutter Ants

Cutter ants have infected the empty neighbor’s property and invaded the driveway on your property as well. The gardener is all over it when he comes on Tuesdays though.

10. Maggots

The worst yet is one morning the kitchen floor was covered with maggots. We are very clean people so this was a complete and disgusting surprise. (See why you have maggots and how to get rid of ’em here).

11. Alfredo

The ongoing scenario with the iguana that lives in the ceiling. He runs around and scratches in the evening and night, pouncing on the insects that get stirred up and illuminated whenever the lights are on. It has become our job to monitor its’ habits but it is more of a joke than anything.

Charlotte has named him Alfredo and feeds him Bologna at the end of the drainpipe which we discovered him running into one day. We all agree that the maggots and the insects in the attic are due to the iguana (and whatever food he has brought up there). But everyone just laughs about it. The gardener said to call him when we see it and he will shoot it. Apparently, he is a permanent resident and set camp up there years ago.

12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa Rica

12. A carcass and the cat

Not sure if it was the cat that roams this property or some other animal. Charlie is deathly allergic too by the way. But an animal or reptile carcass was left as a present for us on one of the chairs outside. The cat is often found sitting on these chairs. Again, Charlie is deathly allergic.

Today’s lesson

If you plan to move to Costa Rica, no matter if you rent or purchase a house, in Atenas or anywhere in the country, please understand that Costa Rica is in the tropics. We get a lot of complaints from new expats about the insects, bugs and other scary animals.

If any of the above is one of the reasons for not moving to Costa Rica, DO NOT MOVE from where you are. If you cannot live in peace with the insects, do not come or call an exterminator before you move in.

12 Bugging reasons for not moving to Costa Rica

Do you know other reasons for not moving to Costa Rica? Then I invite you to use the comment section at the end of this blog.

Watch out for our next blogs and in the meanwhile, if you decide to purchase a home in Atenas, or anywhere else in the Central Valley, or you hear of someone who does, contact us please, we’d appreciate your business.

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