Do I need bug spray in Greece?

Does Greece have a lot of bugs?

You can get stung, bitten, burnt, squished, smashed, and all but asphyxiated in Greece, by mosquitoes, scorpions, the sun, scooters, the sea and Athens’ often terrible pollution.

Does Greece have a lot of mosquitoes?

Generally speaking, there are mosquitos in Greece. The good thing is that they aren’t everywhere. Expect to get bitten more times if you are next to a river, a stream or a swamp… They tend to be present at places with water.

What is the best mosquito repellent for Greece?

In villages across the country, yiayias (grandmothers) will tell you to put a few drops of essential oil of lavender or citronella, or both, in a spray bottle with some olive oil and water, shake it up, and spray. This natural remedy will help deter mosquitoes from biting you.

What insects bite in Greece?

Sand Flies or Sand Fly are also known as Sand Gnat, Sandflea, No-See-Um, Granny Nipper, Chitra, Punky, Biting Midges or Marumakshika. Their most important ability is to bite and suck blood. You might want to compare it to a mosquito.

Is there poisonous spiders in Greece?

Luckily for arachnophobes, there are no dangerous spiders in Greece. Yes, there is still an abundance of creepy-crawlies in Greece, and that includes spiders, but they mostly reside in Greece’s expansive forests and wooded areas. And, luckily, none of their spiders are venomous or dangerous to humans.

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How big are the bugs in Greece?

The adult Lethocerus patruelis can reach an impressive 8 cm in length, and the largest representatives of the same family are even bigger – up to almost 12 cm. Lethocerus patruelis belongs to the Belostomatidae family. It is called ‘electric light bug’ or ‘toe biter’.

Is there Dengue fever in Greece?

Thirty-six cases were reported in 2011, mostly from the Laconia region in the south. Greece’s first dengue victim had evidence of both dengue fever and WNV in his blood. Concurrently, he was suffering from an infection and low platelets, which are symptoms of dengue disease.

How do you keep mosquitoes from biting you in Greece?


  1. Wear light-coloured, finely woven clothing.
  2. Cover up your skin with clothing.
  3. Remove and avoid places with stagnant water.
  4. Sleep under a good quality mosquito net.
  5. Apply Anti-Insect DEET or Anti-Insect Natural to your skin.