I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
one of the villa visitors
When we knew we were going to Costa
Rica for Christmas, we made sure our malaria and other tropical
disease inoculations were up-to-date and we bought the most powerful
DEET insect repellent on the market. We expected serious insect
activity, and wanted to be prepared.
We were completely wrong . . . . the
bugs were not a problem at all. We have been here almost 30 days now
and we have not been bitten once. Not even Regis, who is usually the
target of any biting insect.
The variety of insects is amazing,
there is always some fascinating new bug showing up every day, and
there are as many insect varieties as there are birds, and it is
perhaps this combination that keeps them under control. I suspect the
many varieties of small birds feed on the insects, and are aided by
the many geckos we see around the villa.
They do utilize many types of insect
control as well as the natural ones. We have often seen men walking
in fields or along roads with cans of insecticide on their backs
spraying. And there are some sort of electronic insect repellent
plugged into receptacles around the house.
a surprise at the door
Now there are lots of insects, they
just have not been any sort of problem. Every morning I have to go
out and clear the pool of dead insects (death by drowning) before her
ladyship can go in for her early morning swim. There are a dazzling
array of beautiful butterflies including huge iridescent blue ones.
As well, there are LARGE insects here, giant moths come by at night,
and we have seen huge beetles and cricket like insects. One morning I
found a large furry spider drowned in the pool. This looked like a
small Tarantula. There are large bumble bees buzzing around the many
flowers on the property and the regular flies come in the jumbo size
here, but their numbers are small. There are lots of what I have come
to refer to as “Stupid Flies”. It is these insects I find myself
clearing out of the pool every morning. They seem to fly around,
bumping into walls and if they land they often fall over and cannot
always get airborne again, so they are easy to swat. There are also
tiny little insects like black flies, that buzz around, and annoy,
but they do not seem to bite. The dragonflies are all around the pool
and as you swim they fly overhead. Then there are the strange bugs.
One morning I opened up the front door to find a large cream coloured
insect clinging to the door by the handle. It remained there most of
the day and was gone by the following morning. A strange looking
black & white wasp like thing sat on the veranda for most of one
morning, and one day when I went get a key from the burlap bag
hanging on the veranda door I found another large strange bug. I find
it best not to tell Regis about my many interesting bug finds.
We were worried about the bugs in Costa
Rica, but actually they never bugged us at all.