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mosquitos in rome in august

I will be in Rome and Florence in August. Will there be a bad problem with mosquitos? If so what do you recommend to use.
Thank you for any and all responses.

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In my experience, yes. Mosquitoes eat me alive and everywhere in Italy is a problem for me, including Rome. Everyone is different, some people aren’t bothered by them, but if mosquitoes are attracted to you here, they will be there too.

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Consumer Reports magazine does regular testing and guidance on repellants that is based on scientific testing. Its as good info as any you'll get. I think it was an article in a recent issue and online. Nothing special about the mosquitoes in Europe that's different than at home.

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Nothing special about the mosquitoes in Europe that's different than at home.

In Italy you will encounter the Asian Tiger mosquito, tiny but vicious. When I was bitten the site would get swollen, hot, and red until I developed a bit of a tolerance after a year of exposure to the little devils. Bring your OFF Wipes. Far better than anything they sell in Italy, IMO. Also, Benedryl gel or Calagel to treat them Calagel is hard to find and expensive, but it knocks the itch out of those bites. BTW, Calagel is not, to my knowledge, sold in Italy, nor is Benedryl gel.

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Mosquitos can be an unexpected problem in Italy because of the combination of 3 factors: 1) if you booked lodging with no AC and it's hot (e.g., summer), 2) hot weather and with no AC the need to open a window, but 3) it's common in Italy (in other than modern chain hotels) for the room to not have screens on the window. One would rarely encounter this situation in the US and hence some travelers are blind-sided by this situation.

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The asian tiger mosquito is found in most of the southeastern US as well.
Kent I take your point. What I meant was that as far as protecting yourself, the precautions are the same.

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You can often find predictions of mosquito activity in the weather forecasts. We discovered mosquitoes in nearly every location we visited (Padua, Venice, Florence, Umbria, Ostia Antica) at the end of September through October of 2018. The activity was fairly accurately reported in the predictions. We were prepared with 2 3-oz. spray bottles of Off! "familycare" repellent - described as a smooth and dry, not oily or greasy "powder dry formula". It doesn't have much of an odor and a very light mist on clothes and exposed skin was enough to keep the pests at bay for hours. I had several bites that were so irritating that I had to seek out an Rx to reduce the swelling and itching. A pharmacist gave me Fenazil (promethazine hydrochloride) which was more effective than the OTC hydrocortisones I normally find at home. At that point I began to use the repellent at the first provocation. I am so glad that we were prepared because it saved us a lot of aggravation.