Nov 12, 2009, 10:21 AM
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Re: [La Isla] Dengue A word of caution
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Yes, Dengue has been known to exist in México City, although I don't think it is common there. México City is my wifes' home town and she has many relatives there. She has never known, or heard of an individual that has contracted Dengue there, but in years past, there have been news reports about patients in hospitals there with Dengue fever.
A few years ago, Morelos state was reported to be the state with the highest incidence of Dengue fever in The Republic. I don't believe that for a minute, although it does exist here. Although an American man died of dengue here in Cuernavaca two years ago, and a friend of ours that lives in the village of Temixco at the southern edge of Cuernavaca had a severe case of Dengue two years ago. She asked my wife and her Mom not to risk visiting her because there were so many mosquitoes and cases of Dengue in Temixco that year.
In most areas, Cuernavaca is not noted for having lots of mosquitoes, but Dengue is such a serious disease that sensible precautions should be taken. A mosquito doesn't last long in our house. I have found that Raid brand insect spray is very effective at controlling them.
Our house is only seven years old, and has good screens on all of the windows, but no screen doors, and no way to easily add them due to the construction methods used here. We could hear a couple of mosquitoes buzzing around our bedroom at night after we went to bed, and after finding the third alacran on our bed, I knew I must do something about it. My wife said she saw the last scorpion climb down the wall and over the headboard to get on the bed.
The next day, I sprayed the whole room with Raid brand insect spray, under and behind all of the furniture, behind the headboard, and on all of the walls, including the master bathroom. By the time I finished, I was choking on the fumes. I closed the doors when I was finished. I went up about a half a day later and the fumes were still very strong, I then opened the windows, leaving the screens closed. By the time we went to bed that night, the fumes were all gone.
According the the can, Raid is supposed to be effective at controlling alacrans too. In the past year, we haven't had a mosquito or an alacran in our bedroom. I used to find, and kill a scorpion about every six months up there.
I also use Home Defense spray around the windows and doors to control pests, but I am now a believer in Raid too. Both of these insect sprays may be bought at Sams Club. The Raid is sold in blister packs of three cans.
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