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

Big harmless flat spiders that usually just sit still high on your wall are common. Ants now and then. Flies. Mosquitos (though Harare is safe from malaria due to elevation, not true for other parts of country). Adorable millipedes. termites (flying ones emerge from the ground and fill the air after the first rains). - Feb 2020


Nothing too bad, the giant flat spiders are not as bad as some previous people seemed to feel, they keep to themselves and aren’t aggressive. We get geckos in our house sometimes. We had some giant cane rats in the yard, but I think they are nocturnal because we almost never see them. - Feb 2019


Ants and termites. And lots of flattie spiders. Did I say lots? If you have a spider phobia, you better bring your meds. - Jan 2019


There are flying ants that are around during the rainy season. Keep your door closed if you have the lights on in your house. Keep your yard free from garden mess, as there are LARGE cane rats that will come onto your property. There are a large flat spiders that are everywhere in your house when it is dark. Make sure you housekeeper cleans their webs with a vaccum. The spiders don't bother people, but they just look creepy. - Apr 2018


Ants kept a constant path on the walls of our kitchen and we just left them alone. They didn't invade the food. Lots of flat scary-looking wall spiders but they don't bite that I know of. - Sep 2017


The northern part of Harare (where all expats live) is infested with termites. Then the usual ants, some mosquitos depending on the season. Overall not bad. - Jul 2017


Ants are frequent visitors. We just let them do their thing. - Jul 2017


Not much. Harare is outside the malaria zone (though a few cases are reported each year) - generally malaria i not a problem except for when you travel to certain parts of the country. - Apr 2016


Very few flying insects. Most houses don't have screens; they aren't necessary. - Dec 2013


House flies are horrendous here, and most houses don't have screens. Bring good electric fly zapper rackets and effective fly tape or traps. Do not cook with the windows open, especially in Oct-Nov. Mosquitos are annoying, but Harare is too high to be a malaria area. Mosquito nets are available on the local market, but if you prefer something, bring it with. In the city, we mostly don't have to worry about any other insects; the occasional ants are tolerable. There are occasional bee infestations, and wasps, but nothing different than what North American has to offer. - Jul 2013


Some mosquitoes, but not many in Harare. If you go into the Zambezi valley in the north or Lowveld in the south though, watch out! - Jun 2009


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