Cairo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

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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