Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Ants every spring. Ant traps work great for us. - Mar 2023

Occasional ants, nothing huge. - Aug 2022

In the summer we are having a lot of ants if there's food on the ground, but it appears to be seasonal. - Aug 2022

None, just the dust if you leave your windows or doors open (and somehow it's still there even when you don't). - Mar 2022

Many people dealt with ants. I had them a little right before and after winter but some other apartments had them worse than I did. Sometimes you will see a gecko running around. Mosquitos and flys are annoying when sitting outside anywhere in Egypt. - Dec 2021

We have not had any problems personally, but I have heard some people have had problems with ants. - Feb 2021

Don't be surprised to see ants. - Nov 2020

I've seen some tiny ants making apperances in some of the diplomatic housing, but that's it. - Jan 2020

We had an ant problem when we first moved in but the Embassy took care of it in our first few months at Post. We do have them do a full fumigation treatment when we leave the country on R&R annually which seems to keep it at bay. - Jun 2018

We have not had many issues with bugs, except for ants. After finding their entry point we haven't had more issues. Some people have many issues with ants. - Jan 2018

Ants were a problem in some apartments, but not a huge issue. These were very small, almost not visible, black ants. No mosquitoes in Cairo! I cannot overstate how great this is. Flies in Cairo are the most annoying kind of flies I've ever encountered. They target your hair, eyes, nose, and mouth and are everywhere! - Sep 2017

You get ants, mosquitoes and occasional cockroaches but nothing I would call unusual. - May 2017

Very few; we saw a couple of spiders but that was it. - Jan 2016

Not bad... - Jan 2016

No problems, per se. There is the occasional fly, mosquito, or ant. - Oct 2014

None. We did have some small ants for a few days in our apartment but the Embassy got rid of them. - Aug 2014

Small ants, some cockroaches, an occasional mosquito, not bad after living in West Africa. - Aug 2014

None. - May 2014

Mosquitoes (but they don't carry yellow fever or malaria) and are pretty easily dealt with. - Apr 2014

None. - Mar 2014

A few tiny ants. Wild dogs and cats are a much bigger problem. - Jul 2013

We had a bad ant infestation in our apartment and at one point had an incursion of half-dollar sized roaches. - Jul 2013

Bad ant infestations in embassy apartments. Some roaches. - Jun 2013

Very few. I've never seen a rat nor a cockroach. This may be because of the hundreds of street cats. Very few mosquitos. - Jun 2013

Flies in the hot times can make sitting outside unpleasant. Some people have ant problems, but I have not had this issue. - May 2013

Mosquitoes and flies, roaches, sand fleas. You name it. - May 2013

Ants in our apartment, that's all. - May 2013

Minimal insect problems - mainly fly issues. - Feb 2013

The same kind of insect problems you have in any city where trash is strewn about. Especially when it's warmer, there are lots of pesky and persistent flies. - Feb 2013

The sand fleas and mosquitoes can be problematic. - Mar 2013

Plenty of insects and critters feasting on the trash left in the streets. We've seen dead animals in the streets, including cats, dogs, horses, and birds. - Mar 2013

Nothing real bad, but there are some mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, etc. - Feb 2013

None. - Jan 2013

There are little no-see-um's that I'm not familiar with, but they do bite, nut not like mosquito bites. When we moved in, we had an ant problem (thankfully in our bathrooms instead of the kitchen - - - but still!) that was hard to conquer. Flies bother you (due to the trash everywhere), but you get used to them! - Nov 2012

Ants, due to the heat. - Sep 2011

tiny ants - Aug 2011

Not noticeable. - Aug 2011

It depends what part of town you are in. If there are a lot of trees/grass near your area, people water constantly and you will get some mosquitoes. Some people get tiny ants that get into things. - Jul 2011

I've never really noticed any regular annoying insects other than the flies. - Jun 2011

Some ants in the appartment in the summer, but that can be controlled. - Sep 2010

Lots of roaches. - Jun 2010

None. - Dec 2009

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