After I once again received a question about whether there are dangerous insects in Thailand and other animals, I realized that it was time to write a short article on this topic and give a link. There is no time to answer the same question 10 times. Naturally, I will write my experience, not someone else's, and my opinion, so if you have something to add, you are welcome in the comments. And other answers to questions, you can see in my Thailand travel guide.
So, there are insects in Thailand! They cannot but be, these are the tropics. These are all kinds of beetles, ants, mosquitoes, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, centipedes, scorpions and other creatures. There are also poisonous snakes and geckos. The latter are the size of a crocodile and swallow a person alive and whole, sometimes together with a motorbike. Are you already scared? Then stay at home 🙂
The content of the article
- one Are there mosquitoes in Thailand?
- 2 Are there snakes in Thailand
- 3 Quincke's edema
- 4 What else to expect in and around the house
- five Other animals of Thailand in pictures
Are there mosquitoes in Thailand?
Mosquitoes do exist and are sometimes very annoying. Moreover, the closer you are to nature, the more mosquitoes or mosquitoes. In the city, you may not really learn about their existence, but on the islands, when you live in a bungalow, sometimes you cannot do without funds. Although I personally do not like such things and do not use them. But, this is not advice, since in Thailand you can catch Dengue fever, which is not fatal with treatment, but is so-so tolerated. Just in case, read the symptoms beforehand so you know how to identify it because it starts out like a common cold or flu. And, accordingly, if there are suspicions, blow immediately to the doctor..
In Thailand, in any 7/11, mosquito repellents are sold, and you can also buy all kinds of spirals and fumitoxes there. I also noticed that mosquitoes often do not show activity during the day and it seems that they are not there, but in the evening, mom do not grieve. Therefore, when you rent a house, apartment (apartment), guesthouse, see if there are mosquito nets on the windows, a very useful thing.
Are there snakes in Thailand
In fact, not everything is so scary. In the same suburbs, a huge number of vipers live, however, in the summer everyone regularly goes to swim and sunbathe on the river. Much the same in Thailand, all these animals are there, but it is not at all a fact that you will meet them. From experience, I can say that the snake saw only those transferred on the asphalt, and scorpions only in dried form (although they did not eat them, but tried grasshoppers), and even climbed the jungle.
There is also such an unpleasant thing as Quincke's edema. It occurs as an allergy to something, be it an insect bite or an eaten product. Edema appears very quickly and grows in size, it can last from hours to several days. Most dangerous in the larynx, then you can suffocate. Therefore, an ambulance should be called immediately as soon as it has begun. I had something similar, though not in Thailand, but in the Vladimir region, I was bitten by some midge in my lip and after 15 minutes I was cooler than Angelina Jolie. I really didn’t do anything about it, and after about two hours everything was fine..
If you suffer from allergies, then specify in advance which medical insurance includes help for allergies, Quincke's edema, chronic diseases, etc..
What else to expect in and around the house
My conclusion about dangerous insects is that the worst that can happen is dengue fever. Moreover, according to statistics, she does not often get sick, especially with a fatal outcome. The rest - any insect bites or the attack of poisonous snakes, even more rare. Yes, there are a lot of stories, especially about how the snake bit, but how many tourists are in Thailand, and how many bites ... Among my friends, wintering or living in Thailand, only two were sick with Dengue, and no one had experienced snake or scorpion bites. By the way, not all scorpions are dangerous, the bite from some, like from bees.
I am smoothly moving from dangers to common troubles. This paragraph concerns those who are simply panicky afraid of any living creatures and are interested in whether they will be in their home (do not forget my advice on renting a house and read). So I answer: depending on what kind of dwelling you find and in which region you will live. I noticed that in the north there are much less living creatures than in the south, and there is always more in the house than in the apartment..
- Mosquitoes will be found almost everywhere where there are no mosquito nets. The more southerly and more humid (islands), the more mosquitoes. In Bangkok, for example, I don't remember them at all, and also in Pai in the very north.
- Ants will be everywhere where food is left, especially sweet food. So put everything in the refrigerator.
- Snakes should be expected on the lawns near the house, if the house is not in the city, but in the countryside. Watch your step, snakes usually dump themselves.
- Ticks can be found only in the forest, in some national park. With them, everything is the same as at home, you can catch encephalitis, borreliosis and other things..
- Geckos come to everyone, everywhere. For me, very cute creatures, I love them and am glad to them.
- Big flying «cockroaches» come through large cracks, but most often they can be found just on the street, usually at night.
- Any other living creature can enter the house if there are cracks (under the door, in the windows, in the walls). Look for houses that are tightly closed or live in an apartment, preferably on a higher floor.
- In the sea, sea urchins will deliver the most trouble, but on beaches where there are a lot of people, they should not be. Jellyfish can also sting, so if there are too many of them in the water, you may not need to swim..
Other animals of Thailand in pictures
Finally, a few more photos of the animal world of Thailand. Collected from all my archives, whoever I could.
P.S. There are not many photos of living creatures, as few have seen ... But here's a video of how a gecko eats a dragonfly 🙂