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Household Pests in Morocco You Want to Prepare for


When you embark on that epic hijrah, you’re likely thinking about the big stuff – you know… the expenses, getting your visas, schools, amenities, and, of course, how close is your local masjid and souq. But darling, insects?

Critters?

ROACHES?!

They’re probably at the very bottom of your list!

Thinking that you might encouter some of these pest in Morocco might be a buzz-kill to your dream of a comfortable home (pun intended).

We don’t often talk about it, unless the problem comes up, prompting us to ask family and Google solutions for it.

But fear not, my fellow insect-hating people, because it doesn’t hurt to be prepared from the get-go.

In fact, if you absolutely loath those creepy crawlies, you’ll want to be as ready as a soldier marching into battle!

For this post today, we’ll dive into Morocco’s ecosystem of bothersome household pests, and our favourite ways on how to deal with them, insha’Allah.

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Common Pests In Morocco

When you’re moving to a new country, in this case Morocco, you’re likely have to adapt to the climate and the environment.

And of course, a new environment comes hand in hand with a fresh set of distinctive pests and critters.

Before we dive in to the gross list of Moroccan household pests, it’s important to note that you’re unlikely to encounter most of them at once.

These critters have their own regional and seasonal preferences, giving you a bit of a break depending on where and when you’re settling in Morocco.

I can hear your sigh of relief.

Since me and my family have been quite nomadic in our years in Morocco, we’ve encountered all of them lol

Without further ado, let’s identify each of them and how to deal with them, starting with my absolute nightmare.

#1 Cockroaches in Morocco

Picture this…

You’re enjoying a nice kaskrout evening with your family. Your chatting away, and somewhere in the corner of your eye you notice a fleeting shadow.

You look. But before you notice it… someone screams.

“AAAAAA!! A cockroach!!”

The whole peace is erupted. Everyone is darting in all directions. You family is in full-on frenzy mode.

Instinctively, you snatch a broom as your choice of weapon and someone else grabs a toilet sandal.

You and your family corner that roach into a corner ready to squash it.

But then, in a moment of sheer horror, that roach unfurls its wings and FLIES!!

*internal screaming*

There are two types of roaches in Morocco

What I just described there was the true terror of the ‘American cockroach.’

It’s a general term used to describe the larger cockroaches. The smaller one is commonly known as the ‘German cockroach,’ and I despise them just as much.

I won’t stain this blog by including pictures of them. If you’re curious, look them up, lol.

The American roach only comes once in awhile

Okay, that doesn’t sound reassuring at all, haha.

But seriously, as much as I detest their surprise visits, American cockroaches don’t make frequent appearances.

Unless your house is very unsanitary (which I doubt), they typically only show up during the summer if you leave your window open.

During our time in Tamesna, we enjoyed a few good months without them, until one summer day when construction workers decided to work on the sewers, and we had one sneaking in after another.

It’s the German roaches you wanna worry about

Why? Because they have the tendency to choose your house as a breeding ground and can even lead up to infestation.

My brother once had to throw his old fridge away because of these lot.

Due to their small size, they tend to find numerous cracks and holes to breed in.

We didn’t encounter German roaches when we lived in central Morocco, only the occasional American roach.

However, when my family moved to Fnideq, a town close to Tetouan in Northern Morocco, that’s when our troubles with them began.

Best way to deal with roaches in Morocco

No matter how diligently you strive to maintain a clean home, once roaches settle in, evicting them can be a formidable challenge.

For every German roach you spot, it’s wise to assume there are seven more lurking unseen.

We’ve experimented with nearly every home remedy found on the internet, but few proved truly effective, including the baking soda and sugar solution.

The best thing I’ve ever come across in our history against roaches is Advion Roach Gel Bait. Believe me, it works WONDERS.

I first encountered this miraculous gel when an American friend recommended it to combat Sharjah roaches in the UAE.

Following the instructions on the package, I applied the gel in corners and common areas where I’d seen these nasty creatures.

The following day, I witnesses a peculiar sight. I saw the lot of them out of their nest, seemingly drunk and moving funny. The day after, well, they were DEAD. Because they’re not instantly killed by Advion, they carry the poison back to their nests, eradicating eggs and newborns.

When my mum told me they were having German roaches in Morocco, I told her to get the Advion gel bait. She asked my brother-in-law to get it on one of his trips to the UK and as soon as they used it, they haven’t had the roach problem since.

I’d not only use Advion on my apartment, but in the whole building. Might even get to the big roaches before they get to your place!

Moroccan Arabic Term: Seraq zeet
Threat Level: Digusting, gross, vile – absolute horror
Ultimate Weapon: Advion Roach Gel Bait

#2 Flies in Morocco

Flies serve as an important part of the ecosystem, but it does us more nuisance than good in our homes.

Despite their unwanted presence, my mum actually made good use of them. Believe it or not, she turns them into snacks for our cats.

In the beginning, she’d go around the house swatting them, collecting the casualties into a neat little pile, a gruesome gift for our cat.

She’d soon discover that our cat, or rather his highness, has certain standards. He prefers the kills to be… fresh.

So she decided not to collect them but serve it to him as she kills them, one by one.

Honestly, sometimes, I think my mum spoils the cats a bit too much lol

I don’t remember having flies in Birmingham as much.

They’re more common in summer in Morocco, and they’d usually come in through the window or as you come in the house.

For these pesky flies, swatting is the way to go

I once asked my husband to get me a fly swatter. You know, the ol traditional plastic kind. ‘Cause, if you ask me, that’s the best weapon to kill them with.

However, much to my surprise, he returned home not with a fly swatter but with what I thought was a rather oversized tennis racket… or so it seemed at first!

It looks something like this:

Somehow they managed to modernise fly swatter too. I asked him to return it and bring me the normal one but they didn’t have it so I was stuck with this.

Let me tell you, it required certain skill to master.

And oh, the smell of the electrocuted flies!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not against technology. It’s just that this high-tech fly zapper wasn’t the most efficient choice when dealing with a handful of flies that sneak indoors.

I can see where this would serve as an efficient tool, though.

Let’s say you’re having barbecue with family outdoors, and many flies are buzzing around. It’s hard to deal with them with old fly swatter. You don’t wanna swat them on the food and sometimes they come in horde.

With the fly zapper racket, you can snag those flies mid-air and have them adhere to the mesh, without any unwanted landings on your food.

So if you plan to have several family outings, maybe you wanna consider getting one.

Moroccan Arabic Term: Debbana
Threat Level: Annoying, irritating
Ultimate Weapon: Traditional Fly Swatter
Situational Weapon: Bug Zapper Racket (aka Electric Fly Swatter)

#3 Gnats

Gnats tend to make an appearance in our home occasionally, often hitching a ride on fruits and vegetables when we bring them in from the souq.

A few of this is bothersome, but an infestation can happen when their breeding goes unnoticed. I once had an infestation and I was thinking where are they coming from!?

After some investigations, I found a wet cotton slipper under the washing machine which they decided to make their breeding ground.

Sometimes, they can come from a compost bin or a rotten root veggies.

There’re two types of gnats you wanna lookout for

  • Fruit flies
  • Fungus gnats

Fruit flies are the culprits you’ll often find invading your veggies and countertop fruits, whereas fungus gnats tend to be more common in plants.

I’ll never forget the time I brought home a mint plant, only to discover it was harboring a colony of fungus gnats.

DIY gnat trap using apple cider vinegar

If you ever find your home infested with fruit gnats, one of the best solution that worked for me is using apple cider vinegar.

To set up your trap, grab a glass cup, preferably one like those trusty jam jars. Pour organic apple cider vinegar into the glass, filling it to about a quarter full. Add just a few drops of dish soap, and then cover the top with cling film, making tiny holes in it using a toothpick.

Gnat sticker traps

For all of you plant lovers, you wanna be on a look out of fungus gnats. They tend to invade and infest the soils and roots of your plants.

They’re the ones I had trouble with when I had my mint plants.

An effective solution I tried for this is a combination of insecticide soap spray solution and sticky traps.

Moroccan Darija Term: Chniwla
Threat Level: Bothersome, irritating
Ultimate Weapons: DIY Apple Cider Gnat Trap, Gnat Sticky Traps, Gnat Bug Spray for Indoor Plants

#4 Mosquitoes

Don’t you just dislike the noise they make when they whine near your ear, hinting that they’re about to take your blood supply?

These lot thrives on warmer weathers. So you’ll notice them often in the Moroccan summer. If your residence happens to be near a lake, pond, or any water source, you might want to consider fortifying your defenses.

Depending on your location in Morocco, summers can be really hot, making an open window a tempting gateway to a refreshing breeze.

However, the last thing you’d want is uninvited guests whining around. If your home lacks the convenience of mosquito nets, it’s highly advisable to invest in one.

And if you have them installed already, you want to double check for any holes!

Your peaceful summer nights will thank you for it.

Mosquitoe repellent gadgets

That being said, sometimes a few number of them still manage to break in.

I used to rely on plug-in repellents, despite being aware of health concerns, until one day when I had friends over, and they mentioned they could smell the liquid it emitted. I stopped using it after that.

After mosquito season was over, I didn’t have a chance to try any other gadgets. However, I’m keen to give sound repellents a shot.

It seems that it has to do with specific frequencies that deter mosquitoes. Apparently, it works with other insects, too.

And I’d get some stuff in case you get bit. We usually go for the ol’ tiger balm as it provides cooling effects, but I recently discovered this cream that supposed to stop the itch immediately.

Moroccan Arabic Term: Namoosa
Untested Weapons: Ultrasonic Mosquito Repeller, Electric Mosquito Killer
Threat Level: Annoying, health-concern, discomfort bites

#5 Mice

Mice are thankfully less of a concern in Morocco compared to the UK. In many of our places here, we’ve been fortunate not to encounter them.

However, Tamesna and Fnideq did have a few memorable mouse moments. Those incidents usually involved a house turned upside down and a comical broom chase.

Sometimes they’re so good at hiding, and luring them out can be a challenge.

I avoid using poison because it doesn’t provide an instant death. Moreover, if the poisoned mice venture outside and are consumed by cats, it could lead to suffering and harm for the cats as well. This is especially concerning when there are children and other pets around in your house, as you wouldn’t want to expose them to such risks.

We had more problems with them in a villa. If you live in an apartment, I wouldn’t worry too much. But we had instances when a mouse decided to find its way in.

So if you’re having a mouse in your house, and it’s hard to locate it, I’d get the glue pad trap and put chocolate in the middle.

As I’ve come to find out, mice love chocolates (had a mouse take a few bites of my chocolate bar).

Just be sure that someone takes on the honorable task of delivering the final blow, sparing the critter from unnecessary suffering.

Moroccan Arabic Term: faar
Threat Level: National emergency
Ultimate Weapon: Mouse Glue Trap + Chocolate

Other likely pests in moroccan Household

I’m certain I haven’t listed every possible pest (some are just irrelevant, like water flies), but I’ve made a point to include those that are more likely to be significant concerns for you.

Another critter you might cross paths with is the gecko, although I must admit, it’s been ages since my family have spotted one. They tend to be more common in uninhabited houses.

We had an old place once where I did encounter a few of them. However, after taking measures to address the situation, they weren’t exactly eager to stick around.

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How prepared should you be?

Well, let’s just say, as prepared as you can’t stand them!

In my book, stocking up on that Advion gel bait is a must (I loathe roaches). Especially if you’re going to move to the northern part of Morocco.

You can’t easily find Advion in this part of the world and I wouldn’t trust any other brand besides Advion to get the job done.

If it’s within your means, consider investing in some high-quality mosquito repellents. They could truly make a significant difference, particularly during the warmer months.

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