Ankara - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Ankara is actually at 3,000 feet altitude, and as such it is actually rare to see insects. Though many people with balconies have pigeon problems. Stray cats and dogs can be found all over Turkey, and are usually tagged and monitored by local authorities. These animals are typically friendly and docile, but runners have reported some issues with packs of dogs. A full course of rabies vaccine is recommended prior to arrival. - Sep 2020


We had none in the apartment, although we had a hard time keeping pigeons from nesting on our small balcony. - Oct 2018


Great post for insects. You deal with very little here. It helps you are in high-rise apartments, but even outside there are not a lot. - Sep 2018


Yes, the pigeons are a nuisance on your balconies. Come prepared to set up spikes to keep them from perching on your balcony. There are biting flies and mosquitos as well. - Jul 2018


Birds. Figure out some way to keep them off your balcony. Otherwise they will poop all over it and it will not be usable. No insect problems to speak of. - Sep 2017


Pigeons on the balcony is the only issue that I've heard of anyone having. - Jun 2017


I think I saw a total of 12 bugs and spiders. In three years. - Aug 2015


Not a lot of insect problems. Mosquitoes are mild. Some bugs get indoors occasionally, but not often. - Jun 2015


I haven't noticed any particular insect problems. - Apr 2015


Almost none. After Africa, this feels almost sterile. There are a lot of bees (honey is a huge product here) and flea and tick issues abound in wooded areas and over watered landscaping. - Feb 2015


None that I've encountered. - Jun 2014


No issues. - Apr 2014


None at all that I have encountered. A wonderful change from disease carrying mosquitos. - Mar 2014


Ants, flies, but not a huge issue. - Mar 2014


Insects are virtually non-existant. Not sure if it is due to the dry cilmate (no standing water for mosquitos to breed) or what. - Jul 2013


No. - Aug 2011


NONE. - Jul 2010


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