Khartoum - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Ants are everywhere. You can use materials provided by GSO or things you order yourself online to try to combat. All remedies will work—temporarily. Ants even get into the water distillers. We had to keep anything sweet (sugar, cereals) not only in air-tight containers, but inside the refrigerator. Ants are simply a fact of life in Khartoum, as I suspect they are throughout many areas of Africa. There is also a fly season that begins in October or so. Some people reported mice and rats in their homes, but we did not have an issue with this ourselves. - Feb 2018

Get used to ants. The embassy has pest control services but nothing can get rid of the ants. Luckily they're the small black kind that don't bite. They're really just a visual annoyance and you get used to them after a while. Mosquitoes are a problem in the summer months. Some people have found rats in their houses. - May 2017

Just bugs. A lot of them. And lots of geckos because of the bugs. On the bright side, we have a monitor lizard and a mongoose! There are also snakes and monkeys. Your housing complex is the best zoo in Khartoum. - Nov 2016

Ants are a problem. I imagine rats and snakes could be a problem for non-diplomatic housing. - Oct 2016

A lot of ants and mosquitoes (think dengue, malaria, chikungunya). House flies are the least troublesome of the bunch. - Mar 2016

Lots of ants. Some mosquitoes. - Jun 2015

Malaria mosquitoes are a big problem, otherwise it's not much else aside from roaches, flies, and ants. - Mar 2015

Mosquitoes, flies, and ants. I didn't have any bug problems in my apartment but other people had major ant problems. - Apr 2014

Mosquitoes. - Jun 2011

Mosquitoes and flies are the biggest irritants. - Apr 2010

Mosquitoes were annoying in the evening. Other than that, your typical household insects (ants, flies...) weren't really a problem. - May 2009

Subscribe to our newsletter

New book from Talesmag! Honest and courageous stories of life abroad with special needs.

Read More