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Thanks, guys. I guess it's going to be a battle between the prissy foreigner and an army of venomous crawly things.

Do you still get Huntsman spiders in your house even with screens? How do they get in?

(I read about those spiders dropping onto people from the ceiling? Um, has that actually happened to anyone here? I would legit have a heart attack.)

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I'll update after I arrive in case there are any other bugophobes considering traveling or living in Ph.
I don't have screens on our house so we have all the usual suspects in the house, including the lizards and I'll add rats, so far I've caught 3 in last 4 days and I'm trying to get the last one, he's the size of small cat.

I have or had a genuine fear of spiders because I had allergies to bites, these spiders are huge and ugly looking, you get used to them and they don't bite and I've never had one fall on me, killed several of these in the last 5 years, possibly 60 plus. What you really need to fear are these red ants, ugh...they bite really hard and it's a lasting sting and then the "Higad caterpillar" Here's a picture some area's in the Philippines don't have these but we sure do and they torture us even after death they die and the hairs fall off and sting you, the fans and air carry their little hairs all over the place, it's agony.

Cure for painful and itchy higad attack (hairy caterpillar) — The Cure Library

My first two health scares though were wearing sandals, getting mosquito bites and then the flies lay eggs in the sore, it's itchy so you scratch them, had to get medicine and also the natural medicine cures for this. Another issue is food poisoning, the pills I bought local for this weren't working until I found a large tablet that they did sell local for 50 pesos each and it worked, I can't find the name of it, it's large flat and round.
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Thanks, guys. I guess it's going to be a battle between the prissy foreigner and an army of venomous crawly things.

Do you still get Huntsman spiders in your house even with screens? How do they get in?

(I read about those spiders dropping onto people from the ceiling? Um, has that actually happened to anyone here? I would legit have a heart attack.)

@Jet Lag: Nice pics! Thanks for sharing.

I'll update after I arrive in case there are any other bugophobes considering traveling or living in Ph.
There are several types or kinds of spiders most places. So far we don't much of a problem with screen doors and windows. Small bugs can always find a way in but a can of bug spray does the job.
There is a grey spider big as a silver dollar. The legs and body are thick and at times you'll see it carrying a nickle sized disk under it's belly. That is an egg. These are good to leave alive inside your house if you get them. They do not bite but will eat mosquitoes like crazy.

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I am not an expat but recently returned from a trip to Davao and Samal Island. On the Island I often woke staring up at the ceiling looking at a lizard on the ceiling beams, And I had a couple of stowaways because upon my return i came across a couple of cockroaches twice the size of anything i have seen at home in Southern Calif USA, and the local ones dont fly; these guys definitely would get airborne.

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I am not an expat but recently returned from a trip to Davao and Samal Island. On the Island I often woke staring up at the ceiling looking at a lizard on the ceiling beams, And I had a couple of stowaways because upon my return i came across a couple of cockroaches twice the size of anything i have seen at home in Southern Calif USA, and the local ones dont fly; these guys definitely would get airborne.
Before we build the new house we had a nipa roof with open ceilings. One night in the pitch dark something, I assume a lizard lost it's footing and landed on my bare chest.

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Dengue fever is transmitted by the mosquitoes that come out around 6 pm and stop being active shortly after the sun goes down. "Night biters." Put some DEET on at 530 and you should very much reduce your risk. As far as spiders and snakes, they will be more likely to be around if your apartment has lie dormant for a period of time. There is also the option of getting an exterminator. <Snip> You can put some non aerosol bug spray in your checked luggage also.


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This thread reminds me of the TV reality show "Survivor"
My apologies ; I couldn't help teasing.
Seriously, humans get used to almost anything, given no choice. That's my verdict.
Good luck and keep in mind, we are here for you. After all, we are in the same boat, so to speak. Take it easy on your arrival and think - one step at a time.
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I don't have screens on our house so we have all the usual suspects in the house, including the lizards and I'll add rats, so far I've caught 3 in last 4 days and I'm trying to get the last one, he's the size of small cat.

I have or had a genuine fear of spiders because I had allergies to bites, these spiders are huge and ugly looking, you get used to them and they don't bite and I've never had one fall on me, killed several of these in the last 5 years, possibly 60 plus. What you really need to fear are these red ants, ugh...they bite really hard and it's a lasting sting and then the "Higad caterpillar" Here's a picture some area's in the Philippines don't have these but we sure do and they torture us even after death they die and the hairs fall off and sting you, the fans and air carry their little hairs all over the place, it's agony.

Cure for painful and itchy higad attack (hairy caterpillar) — The Cure Library

My first two health scares though were wearing sandals, getting mosquito bites and then the flies lay eggs in the sore, it's itchy so you scratch them, had to get medicine and also the natural medicine cures for this. Another issue is food poisoning, the pills I bought local for this weren't working until I found a large tablet that they did sell local for 50 pesos each and it worked, I can't find the name of it, it's large flat and round.
This is Paradise?? lol Hey, maybe chance to see you in Dec timeframe coming down from Okinawa. Just depends on how much time I get off then for Christmas. Time to start scouting out retirement spots 2 years out. Remind myself to bring lots of Deet!
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This is Paradise?? lol Hey, maybe chance to see you in Dec timeframe coming down from Okinawa. Just depends on how much time I get off then for Christmas. Time to start scouting out retirement spots 2 years out. Remind myself to bring lots of Deet!
You are alway's welcome Nickleback. We use the fans 24 hrs a day, it's been bad lately the mosquitoes and now those "higads" or hairy brown caterpillars...ugh, well I live next to the water or Laguna de Bay and a million plus ducks (very large scale duck farming area) so that don't help much with the smell and bugs, about a block away if you walk in between one of these duck raising spots if you are not ready for the smell you could throw up.

Our house windows do close though and we close them because of the smoke from our neighbors they cook with wood and charcoal, so it's everyday burning, I've woken up several times to choking smoke, so I've had enough of that, started closing the windows at night.

Sometimes the smoke is welcomed, it does get rid of the mosquitoes. Now I have a mother rat the size of small cat running up and down our roof and inside the ceiling, the larger the rat the harder it is to catch them or trick them but I set out the bread with poison, I can only hope, I got all her smaller babies, I have a trap that catches them, it's very effective but I need a much larger cage for her.
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If you have a standard spring loaded rat trap, peanut butter works well (at least here in South Florida).

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Dengue is spreading into a Global problem. Sept 1, 2015 CNN article

How Dengue fever is spreading round the world - CNN.com

Wow, PI sounds like a dangerous place; Spiders, Lizards, snakes.......

Last year, I visited/stayed with relatives for 1 month who live in an upscale area of SW Pennsylvania near the woods. While there, A Coyote attacked and killed the neighbors cats in the middle of the night, the slaughter was loud enough that it woke us up. The PA Game Commission was setting barrel traps to trap a Bear in the area. The Stink Bug infestation is "Extremely Bad". They get into the houses, cars, sheds, barbeques. Children were attacked by ground nest Bees while plying in the yard. My Dad was attacked by bees while trimming his shrubs & had to go to the Emergency Room. Garden snakes are everywhere. The Deer destroy shrubs & gardens. The Birds stole the fish in my sisters fish pond. Bag worm nests and something mysterious is killing the trees. Moles were destroying expensive lawns. one risks getting Poison Ivy if one goes near the Tree line or in the woods. Virtually everyone burn Citronella bucket candles & torches to keep the mosquitoes & other bugs away while sitting outdoors on the patio, yard, near the pool. etc.

Time to go feed my pet Gecko

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