the bugs [?] of Provence

Old Jun 4th, 2005, 04:37 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 78
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
the bugs [?] of Provence

any biting insects to be concerned about in Provence? any reason to bring a mosquito net or deet?

I ask b/c about 5 years ago my SO and I stayed in a friend's house in Javea, a lovely town on Mediterranean coast of Spain - 1st night there we sat up reading well after dark, only to be "eaten alive" by flying, biting insects - mosquitoes maybe, maybe an indigenous Spanish variant - I'm a prime target, had itchy bites for 4-5 weeks afterwards, so I'm a little concerned.
rogerb is offline  
Old Jun 4th, 2005, 05:13 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 609
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We were in Provence last October, took a drive through the Camargue, got out of the car to take a walk, and were eaten alive by the mosquitos. They were the fiercest bloodsuckers I've ever encountered (and I have spent many a vacation in the Maine woods!).

No trouble whatsoever with bugs in any other part of Provence, though.
mermaid_ is offline  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 09:30 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 23,127
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We haven't especially noticed bugs, but be aware that windows in Provence almost never have screens. I suspect that's because there's no great need, however.
Underhill is offline  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 09:49 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,900
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi rogerb. We've encountered the odd mosquito in Provence. Like Underhill, we didn't find it too alarming.

I wish I could say the same thing about Auvergne, though. We were there a couple of weeks ago and something (a spider, we think) bit my wife on the arm. It was pretty messy and very painful.

Anselm
AnselmAdorne is online now  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 02:20 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 666
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are mosquitoes here... but since we haven't had any rain in eons, they aren't too much of a problem, except in the Camargue. Mosquito repellants are sold in all pharmacies, so I wouldn't bother to pack any.

There are flies and gnats, but the only flies that bite are horse flies - if you happen to be somewhere near a farm.

We also have small scorpions - but they aren't poisonous and can run away from you faster than you can run from them. I doubt if you'll see them once the weather gets hotter.

Don't run your fingers through lavender bushes - there are spiders that live in the plants that can give a nasty bite. Easy to spot, they're bright yellow.

Watch out for wasps... those we seem to have in abundance (ground wasps, regular wasps, "frelons" - really big wasps).

All in all, not much different from other countries. Bugs are ubiquitous.

PB
PBProvence is offline  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 02:40 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,900
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
PB, we met one of those scorpions on the living room floor of a house we rented in Uzès a couple of years ago. I'm glad to hear they aren't poisonous.

Anselm
AnselmAdorne is online now  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 02:58 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,000
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts


The mosquitoes are vicious in Provence. My treatment is one of the ointments for lip sores and tooth ache which contain 20% benzocaine. Products are Oral-B, Ambesol, etc.
hopscotch is offline  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 04:40 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 6,117
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I didn't see any bugs -- and loved the open windows with shutters. However, sure wish you guys had warned me about the geckos! Apparently I thought they only lived in Hawaii.
hopingtotravel is offline  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 05:56 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 23,127
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
And the millipedes...
Underhill is offline  
Old Jun 5th, 2005, 06:43 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 3,900
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
"And the millipedes..."

Ick. We watched one of those things commit suicide down the bathtub drain in Auvergne. Mind you, we may have helped it ...

Anselm
AnselmAdorne is online now  
Old Jun 6th, 2005, 09:38 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Last week in Provence (in the Vaucluse), we spent a fair amount of time outdoors, and slept several nights with our windows open--I ended up with about 4 mosquito-like bites, but nothing terrible. A slight annoyance, but certainly nothing compared to a night in Venice that left me with over 50 bites!
lawyerjen is offline  
Old Jun 6th, 2005, 11:15 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,630
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
In reference to the Maine woods...mmm...what were those big hairy "me man...make fire" types spreading on before they went hunting?
Avon's "Skin so soft"??? Must work I figured...and such a pleasant scent as well
SuzieC is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
lilaki
Europe
7
Feb 19th, 2008 05:32 PM
cigalechanta
Europe
6
Sep 24th, 2007 11:08 AM
cigalechanta
Europe
18
Oct 22nd, 2005 03:02 AM
nancyz
Europe
12
Mar 7th, 2005 03:02 PM
ita
Europe
18
Dec 10th, 2004 07:50 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:17 PM.