Those aoûtats, augustelingen (also called tique de vendange (NL: harvest mite or autumn mite), if you are sensitive to it, can really get annoying and lead to terrible itching, rubbing the arm and legs with alcohol would also help. the trade is such a lotion for sale: Tiq’aoûta, does not really help, what some say helps to itch is menthol powder The smell of lavender would be very unpleasant for the bugs If the itching is not to bear anymore, it helps Lubrication of Nestocyl or the French products Apaisyl or Lelong The suffering could be prevented by living on the areas where the larvae of the aoûtats (adults are the little red spiders), wearing protective clothing. planting lavender would keep the bugs away The spraying of the grass would dispel the larvae of this mite and also spraying could be effective (with the means used to combat the red spiders, another bother for the French garden). Light comfort for the many sufferers: after a few years of sad scratching one would become resistant to this mistake of creation.



The frelons can stabbing a few times. Symptoms: swollen skin, itching and a very burning sensation. Children should stay away from blooming lavender.


Stone marten

A beautiful creature, but he can wreak havoc in the house and kill the chickens: the stone marten (fouine). The marten collects the food outside during the day and sometimes wants to spend the night in the attic and also cause vandalism there. The fouine is a protected animal and should not be killed with a trap or poison. The traces can be seen through which ‘access’ enters the animal. Closing that entrance is the only solution to discourage the creature. Also the fox (renard) is by no means popular with the rural residents. The French chasseurs prefer to kill him immediately.



There is a lot to see when refurbishing or restoring homes. Where, unlike for example in the Netherlands, special attention must be paid to the condition of the beams of the roof construction. Termites and other insects can be devastating. There are therefore special companies (traitement du bois) that can take care of a house and fight the termites, longhorn beetles and other vermin. If within three months after receiving the acte authentique (say the proof of ownership of a house) it appears that there are termites, the previous owner can pay for the costs of the fight.



Toads often want to register at the front door in the summer. For incomprehensible reasons, they do not want animals that are not really nice (crapauds, they are called in France). They are hidden in cool and humid places such as the drainage of the tap outside and at the drainage of the gutters. The animals are useful, they eat snails, harmful insects, caterpillars. Dogs should not play with toads, which can be dangerous.



A very special animal is the loir, known in Dutch to a few as the mamma or the sleeper. The animal has something of a squirrel and a rat. Once inside, in the attic, for example, the animal can wreak havoc through awkward gnawing. Some people think it is a nice animal, according to a reaction: ‘the mule can be difficult but still sleeps seven months a year. We also have a couple in the attic. The tricky thing for us is essentially the noise they can make. They have not destroyed anything yet. I think it is better to give advice on how to make your French home as close as possible. For example, at a house and pierre the walls merge well. In addition, you can proceed to a division of the living space: the attic or the barn is yours and the rest of us. The houses in France are generally much larger than in the Netherlands. If you explain that to them patiently and often enough, they will understand! “, Says a reader of the site. The loir looks a bit like the lérot. The latter is more of a rat and is often called rat fruitier, mad as he is on eating stored fruit in barns and attics. The lérot (acorn mouse in Dutch) is beige in color and wears a dark mask around the eyes. Most of the time the stupid men come out at the end of May / beginning of June to start their noise.



We also know mice in France. The common house mouse needs to be fought with a mousetrap, because this rodent is almost immune to poison pellets. And those little field mice, the good mulots, do not do much harm. Just put outside the door. But in the vegetable garden they can go on a nice job and gnaw at the roots of the broad bean and shallots.



Ticks can be very annoying for the dog, even people have to watch out for this nasty pests that occur in forests and shrubs and especially strikes in periods with high humidity. The tick is less active in the middle of the summer. In certain regions contamination by the ticks in humans can cause Lyme disease. It is wise to take a shot every year. For the dog there are remedies that work preventively, such as the frequently used Frontline. One can also try to prevent misery by regularly checking the dog after each walk. It is quickly noticeable when the dog has been attacked by a tick. He becomes listless. If the animal loses the red behind his eyes and appears to have gums, he is seriously ill and will die without surgery. It is then important to go to the vet as soon as possible (le vétérinaire). If a tick is found, it should not be anesthetized with alcohol or ether, but in its entirety – by making gently rotating movements with the insect – pulled out of the skin, by hand or by tweezers. There are special tweezers on the market for sign extraction.



Snakes are there too, the non-toxic couleuvre (field snake, grass snake) and the poisonous viper, the vipère. If one is bitten by a dangerous hose, it is highly advisable to call the doctor. The victim must lie down and the bite must be disinfected. An ice cube on the affected spot can prevent the poison from spreading, say some. Do not do this: try to suck away the poison or build a toggle bandage. But the general advice is: do nothing, fix the bitten part of the body, and go to the hospital as a weir. The poison takes about 24 hours to do its lethal effect, so there is time. Anyone who makes a lot of forest walks is advised to bring a kit of medication, available in handy formats at the pharmacy. Handy syringes with heparin may be needed for a viper bite. Incidentally, only 10% of adder bites are dangerous for health and the viper is afraid of the human brood. The black adders (péliade) loves moist places to hide and the asp (aspic) prefers rocky and warm shelters. Adders are smaller than couleuvres and have a more triangular head in a V-shape. The head of the couleuvre, a hose that can be 1.80 meters long, is rounder and oval.



Very troublesome and also life-threatening for the dog can also be the processional caterpillars (chenilles), not so much the oak leaf process caterpillars from Brabant that can cause a burning itch in humans, but the pine processionary caterpillars. They ‘nest’ in pines that is visible to those white fluffy balls, the spins, on the branches. In the spring, the caterpillars come down daily at night, do indeed walk away in procession to get food and return in the morning. The dog, but also the inattentive person who comes into contact with the caterpillars and his malignant hairs, can have a lot of problems with that.



The distemper known as leishmaniasis or also called Leishmaniasis is transmitted by sand flies; in fact, they are little mosquitoes that transmit a parasite that can affect the white blood cells. Through blood tests it can be established that this is a nasty and sometimes fatal disease. The incubation period is long, sometimes even a year. For complaints such as lethargy, slimming, swollen glands and skin problems, it is important to have the vet do a blood test. Protection is not possible and there is no vaccine. In the months of March and September, keeping the dog out at night and protecting him from flies (insecticide for example), could be an advice. The disease occurs in southern France and in countries around the Mediterranean Sea. There is a sign tape, called Scalibor, available from a veterinarian and pharmacist, who works against ticks and Leishmaniosis for six months. They are used a lot in the regions around the Mediterranean Sea. Costs: € 15 euros. There is also a shampoo available from the same brand, which works a little shorter.

The newest in the field of miserable diseases for pets (and especially dogs) is: heartworm. Indeed a worm that resides in the heart muscle or heart with all its consequences. For some time in Europe, animals south of the Paris-Milan line are in danger of being infected. This happens via infected mosquito larvae. Suitable are agents with selamectin as the active substance.



Bees, lesson abeilles. In the month of May it regularly occurs that swarms of bees settle somewhere. Such a people attaches themselves to a branch of a tree or shrub. There is no need to be nervous about it. Look in the yellow guide (pages jaunes) and call the departmental association of apiculteurs or search under apiculture. Report that an essay (swarm) has come to stay and people come along with volunteers to take away the root ball of bees. As a thank you for calling you even get a jar of honey.