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Are there mosquitoes in all areas of Torrevieja?

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:04pm
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Liss

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Location: Torrevieja

Hi everyone, 

I am new here, so I hope I have posted in the correct subforum! 

We are looking to buy an apartment in Torrevieja, and we are trying to find an area where we can really see ourselves enjoying our summer vacations as a family. There seem to be many great looking properties up between the two lakes, but then I read somewhere that there are a lot of mosquitoes there. We have a lot of mosquitoes in the summer back home, too, so a break from them would be nice. Are there mosquitoes in all areas of Torrevieja, or do they tend to hang around the lakes? 

Thanks! 

MeathMaria

MeathMaria

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Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:52pm

Posts: 266

Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:52pm

Hi Liss,

Bad news I’m afraid.  😃
During the season mosquitoes 🦟 provide a meet and greet service at the airport here in Alicante.   Last Sept/Oct was particularly vicious  as they enjoyed great birthing facilities curtesy of the Sept floods.  
So yes as you know they LOVE water especially stagnant.   Lakes they love.  No area is free from mosquitoes.   Put mosquitoes into search bar above followed by Everywhere in location bar and you’ll find dozens of posts from people trying various methods of how to deal with the darlings!

Nevertheless please don’t let them deter your search for a holiday home.  Hot weather and bugs just go together.  
Every success in your plans for a home in Spain.

Best wishes

Maria

Movingon

Movingon

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:21am

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:21am

Densely populated areas like Torre and its environs will always attract mozzies, not only will there be ample standing water for them to breed in (I wonder how many people realise that it only needs a plastic bottle tops worth of water to host as many as 300 mosquito larvae!) and an abundance of prey, but also they can survive temperatures as low as 50f or 10c and while in the open Winter night time temperatures can (and do) fall well below that in town and city centres it can easily remain above meaning that the mozzie 'season' can effectively last year round. With global warming it's a problem which can only grow. 

I'm fortunate in that where I live I'm surrounded by orchards of orange and lemon trees and with citrus being one of the most effective mozzie deterrents that means it's rare to even see a mozzie and rarer still to be bitten by one, I'd be exaggerating if I said I'd seen more than say half a dozen this past year and been bitten by none.

No I'm not one of those lucky people who mozzies are simply not attracted to!

I'm afraid the bottom line is that if you're looking for (relatively) mozzie free holidays then an apartment in Torre is probably not the optimum choice! 

cp

cp

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:59am

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Location: La Mata

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:59am

I’m in a house in La Mata 300m from the beach and my family and I have not been bitten by a mosquito in the 2 years we’ve been here so some areas are mosquito free!  ( I am normally eaten alive by insects).  Other La Mata residents say the same.  

Although I have no plants (so no standing water) on my property my neighbours (our house is semi detached) have several large plants , just feet from my terrace ,which are regularly watered as is surrounding grass but still no mozzies.

So perhaps it helps to be as near to the sea as possible?

Bill

Bill

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Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:47am

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Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:47am

All of Torrevieja  has mosquito's  as does all of the Vega Baja area we live just by the lake and yes there is mosquito's  but most years they are  not a problem as the town hall has a good  spraying program and we don't  see many if any in the winter.Good luck with your choice of resident by the lakes is lovely. 

Michaelmlrb

Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:26pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:26pm

Hi we visited Alicante last October just after the flooding. We had read about the increase in mozzies and arrived fully prepared to get eaten alive!! We did use a deterrent spray when we remembered but I am happy to say we didn't receive one bite over the whole week. We stayed in Alicante, visiting santa pola and Guardamar too. Lucky? 

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