Tropical Rodents and Other Exotic Pests

Hi folks! Sophia here.

Today I’m going to talk about a controversial subject.

It might not be all fun and games, in fact many of you might want to skip ahead past this to our most fun stuff.

I’ve always been a very deliberate and cautious person with an extreme attention to detail. When I plan out my tropical rainforest vacations, I want to plan for every single contingency. Don’t get me wrong, I love the opportunity to leave the hectic 9-5 of my normal life, and travel from the suburban sprawl of my home to the pristine nature of my favorite travel destinations. But I also like my creature comforts, which just so ironically happen to not include… creatures.

Tropical pests and pest control

They sure can ruin an otherwise beautiful vacation, so it’s best to go prepared.

By now, you must have heard about the threat of Zika and mosquito borne viruses which has been scaring many snowbirds away from their usual travel plans.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today, today I want to talk about.

Rodents… eek!

Mice, rats, voles, capybaras and all the similar ilk can seem furry and cute to some.

And absolutely revolting and horrifying to others.

If you’re in the first camp, like I was growing up for much of my life, here is some sobering information about the possible threats of mice infestation. It’s critical to learn why we need to get rid of rats and mice in the first place.

If you’re not currently on vacation, you might have the supplies lying around your home to build your own homemade rat trap.

Otherwise, I would suggest looking for a solution that you can pack in your bags.

Yes, you might get some funny looks… 

Be prepared to be the only traveller getting off in Negril or San Salvador airport with a bunch of mousetraps in your luggage. Your family members might look at you like you’ve gone crazy. That’s what happened to me in the Summer of ’05, but let me tell you… when we encountered an island party of sugar-starved rats, I was happy to have a simple electric trap that I put out to save the vacation. I did some research and found a great resource that shows the best mouse trap you can buy for any particular budget.

Caribbean Species of Mice are different from those at home

The simple western ‘house mouse’ that we encounter in the continental United States is much less tenacious than those that can be found on the islands.

Especially with over friendly tourists feeding them!

You might want to keep this in mind when researching your particular holiday destination, and make sure that the mouse killer that you choose is best for the particular species (and more importantly size) of mouse, rat or rodent that you are intending to rid yourself of.

Even the best, 5-star resorts often have pest control issues.

You might not see it on the Sandals commercial, back home on Superbowl Sunday, but believe you me it happens everywhere.

It’s not necessarily a poor hygiene or cleanliness issue on behalf of the resort owners, not always at least. The very tropical climate itself is an environment that teams with life and biodiversity. It’s not realistic to expect that the creatures of the rainforest will simply be displaced and leave their homes as soon as a cruise ship terminal is put in.

It’s nice to have high expectations, especially once you’ve already opened up your wallet and purse and given your kids’ college savings over to the travel agent for your next vacation. But when it comes down to it, and you find a nasty surprise once you check in to your room, you have two options.

  1. Let it ruin your entire vacation
  2. Come prepared, and take care of business yourself

I know my decision, do you?

Jamaica’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Jamaica’s Most Beautiful Beaches

San San Beach – Visitors will find this stretch of  sand on Jamaica’s eastern coast provides approximately 1.5 miles of pure  white sand. The calm shallow waters make it suitable for swimming and  children. San San Beach is great for vacationers who want to relax and  enjoy the beauty of a less crowed beach, but keep in mind that you won’t  find the amenities of some of the more popular beaches. Small reefs  just off the coast make this a perfect area for snorkeling.

Boston Beach – is about a 10 minute ride east of  Port Antonio. Boston Beach is beautiful cove and worth the short drive.    Here you will find white sandy beaches, crystal blue waters, and  amazing tropical foliage. This is where Jamaican’s go to get world  famous Jerk seasoning so make sure you visit a nearby jerk pits for your  lunch.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

The average temperatures in Jamaica are much like that of most of the  Caribbean, Jamaica’s with average temperatures hovering around 85.  The  hottest months are in July and August where warm days can reach into  the 90’s.  The island is at it coolest in the months in January and  February and temperatures have been known to dip into the high 70.s. and  even cooler in the higher altitudes. Wearing a jacket in the evenings  have not been unheard of for this time of year.  

So if you plan to  travel during these months, it might be a good idea to have one handy  just in case.  Jamaica’s rainiest seasons are in the months of May and  June, and then again in October and November, but even during these  months rain showers and storms pass quickly allowing the once again to  shine. However, rainfall can very significantly from one side of the  island to the other. The eastern side of the island known as the  windward coast will receive substantially more rain than the  southwestern coast of Jamaica and almost appears barren in contrast to  the eastern side of the island. For the most part when it does rain in  Jamaica, showers are short, heavy and followed by sunshine.

Jamaica Regions

Jamaica Regions

OCHO RIOS

Although not as popular as Montego Bay, Ocho Rios has its share of  beautiful beaches and duty-free shopping plazas, restaurants and street  vendors. There is no shortage of tour guides waiting to be at your  service. Oho Rios sports some of the islands most extravagant resorts  and host one of Jamaica’s premier natural attraction, the Dunn’s River  Falls.

Dunn River Falls-  enjoy a guided climb up the world-famous Dunn Falls or explore on your  own, either way you won’t want to miss this one of a few water falls  that actually empties into the ocean. as you climb the falls you will be  surrounded by lush vegetation that the Forrest provides.

Mystic Mountain-  Slide down one of Jamaica’s newest tourist attraction, Mystic Mountain  on a Bobsled though the forest.  You will be ride a zip-line, enjoy a  water slide and infinity pool.

Mahogany Beach – If going to the beach is on your  list of things to do, you might not want to miss Mahogany beach.  This  private beach is located on the east end of Ocho Rios. This beach offers  beach-side massages, parasailing, kayaking, diving and snorkeling,  along with a private swimming area, bathrooms and a bar and grille.

James Bond Beach- This tropical setting is on the  Northern coast east of Och Rios near Port Maria. Jame Bond Beach offers  beautiful views and lush palms for relaxing near the beach. It is more  secluded than many of the beaches and you will have to pay to get in.  James Bond Beach provides a shower and changing area.  If a cool  refreshing drink is something you have to have while relaxing on the  beach.you can grab one from the MoonRakers bar and restaurant.

PORT ANTONIO

In contrast to Montego Bay, Port Antonio is where you will want to  head if you are looking to get away from the crowds. Nestled between  twin harbors on the island’s northeast curve, mist-shrouded Blue  Mountains drop down to the seas provide hidden coves and secluded  beaches that also make it the most romantic setting and is the preferred  location for nature lovers. Nostalgia also abounds in Port Antonio and  boast beautiful examples of Victorian and Caribbean architecture.

 

Jamaica – a Popular Travel Destination

Jamaica – a Popular Travel Destination

The Caribbean island of Jamaica is the 4th largest country in the  Caribbean, and is visited by families and party goers alike. There is a  reason that Jamaica is one of the first places that come to mind when  planning a cruise to the Caribbean,. Jamaica is known for its ever  popular reggae music, white sandy beaches, and year round sunshine, but  the island also has a rugged terrain that includes the Blue Mountains,  and lush rain forest, so there is no need to compromise when it comes to  choosing a destination for its sublime beaches, or magnificent water falls.

If you go to Jamaica for the diving and snorkeling then you will want  to head north or west side of the island where you will find reefs,  garden grottoes, and deep drop-offs. This is also the perfect place to  soak up the sun or go for a leisurely swim in tranquil waters in the  deepest shades of teal, turquoise, and blues.  If surfing is on your  list of things to do, you will want to head over to Boston Bay Beach on  Jamaica’s eastern coast.  It’s not only known for its white sands and  clear waters, but has the biggest waves that Jamaica has to offer.

Cruise ships dock in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. The  deep harbor waters of Ocho Rios make it easy to accommodate large cruise  ships, so this tends to be a popular port for the larger cruise ships.

MONTEGO BAY

Montego Bay shore line stretches 15 miles and is located on the north side of the island. The blue waters of the Bay are fringed by mangroves and palms.   Montego Bay is a popular of  destinations for cruise lovers.  If you are  looking for a party this is where you will head. Montego Bay is the  second largest city in Jamaica and has eclectic mix of duty free shops  and boutiques.

Doctor’s Cave Beach – located in the middle of  Montego Bay’s “Hip Strip” Gloucester Avenue provides beach goers with  white sand and calm turquoise waters making this beach one of the most  popular beaches in Montego Bay, so don’t be surprised if you find a huge  crowd.

The Groovy Grouper” Beach Bar and Grill provide a great variety  of meals and drinks. For your convenience the beach has well kept  changing rooms, showers and lavatories There is a $5.00 entrance fee to  the beach and there are also chair and umbrella rentals available.

Cornwall Beach – recently renovated and upgraded,  Cornwall Beach is another popular beach in Montego Bay. It too provides  crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Amenities include showers,  change rooms and a great restaurant and bar. Life guards are on duty,  and lounges and umbrellas are available to rent.  There is a $5.00  entrance fee for adults children $2.50 Cornwall Beach is open from 8  a.m. to 6 p.m.