Insects & Others
With Casa Roja’s open air design, insects and other critters are one aspect of nature you are bound to encounter both inside and outside the house. Upon close inspection with open mind, you may find many of the bugs are interesting and incredibly stunning. Most are harmless, including spiders, which are frequently spotted in all sizes in Casa Roja. In terms of safety, mosquitoes, sand flies, and scorpions are the ones to watch for. Let us know if you have allergies, and if so, please take medical precautions for allergic reactions. Mosquitoes are more problematic at the Casa Roja beach, while tiny biting sand flies (no-see-ums) are more frequently encountered at the house. Some diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes in Costa Rica, such as chikungunya, dengue fever, and Zika virus. You can help avoid mosquito bites by staying covered, using repellent, and closing the house screens. Occasionally, you may encounter a scorpion, but while their sting is painful, it is not life-threatening (unless you have an allergy). A good precaution is to always check and shake your shoes or clothes before putting them on. You will likely also encounter geckos and bats, which are mostly harmless and eat lots of insects, or (in the case of bats) may be fruit eaters or important plant pollinators.