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Mosquitoes are common in Portugal, although it depends on the time of year and where you live (properties close to still water have the biggest problems). Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about diseases like dengue or malaria in Portugal. However, it’s still something that you’ll want to avoid if you can.

Mosquitoes are mainly a problem in the warmer months, but they can also be a problem in winter too.

Are Mosquitoes A Problem in Portugal? - Portugalist

If you’re visiting Portugal on a trip, there isn’t a lot you can do besides purchase a plug-in repellent, keep the doors and windows shut as much as possible, and if necessary, spray yourself with insect repellent.

Deet-based repellents are the most effective but many people understandably don’t want to continuously spray Deet on their skin and look for more natural formulas which use ingredients like citronella, lemongrass, basil, apple cider vinegar, or garlic. If you’re moving to Portugal, you may want to look into more permanent solutions like fly screens.

Fly screens aren’t the norm in Portugal, although they are perhaps slightly more common in the Algarve and other areas with a lot of expats and tourists. You will find some properties that have them, but the majority don’t. If you’re living in Portugal you can get fly screens installed, and it’s something that you should consider doing, particularly if you’re replacing the windows anyway. In the short to medium term, there are fly screens that you can cut to size.

If you’re going to be going in and out of the property, there are magnetic fly screens that you can get that go over the door. You can train your pets to use these as well.

One reason to consider fly screens is due to the lack of air conditioning in Portugal. If your property doesn’t have AC, you’ll need to open and shut the windows, particularly at night, in order to cool the property down. This can be difficult to do when there are mosquitoes about as they are attracted to light.

In the short term, you can get plug-in repellents or you could even consider spraying yourself with mosquito repellent. You may want to do this if you’re wearing shorts or dresses in the evening, but with the temperature drop that takes place at night, it’s usually better to cover your skin with something slightly warmer anyway.

Flies are another problem that you’ll come across. Although they are less likely to bite, they can still be annoying and run the risk of spreading bacteria when they land on food or surfaces inside your property.

It’s worth noting that fly screens aren’t common anywhere in Europe. Europeans are much less bothered by flies and mosquitoes than North Americans and will simply swat them away or chase them around the house with an electric fly swatter. If you’re moving from the US or Canada, you will probably want to get fly screens installed, but you will have to accept that flies are going to be an issue when you visit cafes, restaurants, or friends’ houses.

Source: https://www.portugalist.com/

By Lala