Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any unusual problems with insects or other infestations in housing?

Given lack of rainfall here most people do not experience pests (cockroaches, mice) as they do in similar developing countries. Ants and large/aggressive flies are common, but generally kept under control. - Aug 2021

Cockroaches, flies, and water bugs. - Aug 2021

No, housing is well-managed. You might have the occasional insect coming in but that is usually a one-off. - Sep 2020

Periodic cockroaches and ants, and one mouse. This can get worse during the hot season. We brought some traps that worked great. Some products also available locally, but safety is questionable. - Apr 2019

Not as bad as I thought it would be. My house only had a few cockroaches when I moved in and we were able to get rid of them quickly. Almost no ants. But the mosquitoes, they are everywhere. If you don't sleep under your embassy-provided mosquito net over your bed, they will eat you alive. - May 2016

Mosquitoes, flies, ants, roaches, slugs. I purchased DE (Diatomaceous earth) to get rid of the creepy crawlies and it worked fine. - Dec 2015

Mosquitos are a problem all year.Most westerners sleep with Mosquito nets on their beds and take malaria medications. Cockroaches are everywhere and houses need to be regularly sprayed with insecticide to keep the population down. - Apr 2014

Nothing too extraordinary. Flies, cockroaches, ants, mosquitos. We spray regularly and are able to keep most out of the house most of the time. When traveling outside the city, anti-malarial medication is highly recommended. - Aug 2011

Flies, mosquitoes, geckoes, ants. - Dec 2009

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