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we also have snakes but they look like big worms compared to the ones we have in Australia.
To be serious though, there are 3 species of Venomous snake in Switzerland, you are not likely to encounter them as their range is quite limited.
http://www.thelocal.ch/20120706/3702
Or try to play with them
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Re: What househole critters are common in Fribourg and Vaud?

Bats (which do eat mosquitoes), bumble bees and salamanders.

@OP, the most troublesome household pests you're going to encounter here will be your neighbours' cats and dogs.
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So please tell me what to expect...what insects/reptiles/animals shall I see when I move to CH? Also, what needs to be done for the home in this respect (and what is illegal too...don't want to accidentally do something I'm not supposed to)?
Some here are just poking fun at you.

As a general rule, no need to worry, the most dangerous animals you're likely to come across are bees and wasps. Anything else should be on the threat level of moskitoes or lower, which certainly are annoying, no doubt about that, but not a danger.

Of course there also are spiders, ants, flies, beetles, etc. While some types of spiders and ants can bite or sting, that will only be on the level of a moskito or bee - it'll itch or hurt, but nothing even remotely life-threatening.

Though there are bigger wild animals around here there's no need to worry about them pre-emptively. While you may come across fox they are much more afraid of humans than the other way around. Granted, there are also a bear or two in Switzerland, a few wolves, wild boar, but they live in the woods. Asking your future neighbors in this respect will be enough, and if you end up in a town with 5k people these bigger animals probably will be a complete non-issue to begin with.

If you're outside often, especially in the woods, you will want to inform yourself about ticks and rabies. This is the only thing where pre-emptive action, aka vaccination, is recommended. As for the rest, stuff that does need to be taken care of (say, a wasp nest in your attic, or an ant colony in your cellar) is handled on the rare occasions they do occur.
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Some here are just poking fun at you.

As a general rule, no need to worry, the most dangerous animals you're likely to come across are bees and wasps. Anything else should be on the threat level of moskitoes or lower, which certainly are annoying, no doubt about that, but not a danger.

Of course there also are spiders, ants, flies, beetles, etc. While some types of spiders and ants can bite or sting, that will only be on the level of a moskito or bee - it'll itch or hurt, but nothing even remotely life-threatening.

Though there are bigger wild animals around here there's no need to worry about them pre-emptively. While you may come across fox they are much more afraid of humans than the other way around. Granted, there are also a bear or two in Switzerland, a few wolves, wild boar, but they live in the woods. Asking your future neighbors in this respect will be enough, and if you end up in a town with 5k people these bigger animals probably will be a complete non-issue to begin with.

If you're outside often, especially in the woods, you will want to inform yourself about ticks and rabies. This is the only thing where pre-emptive action, aka vaccination, is recommended. As for the rest, stuff that does need to be taken care of (say, a wasp nest in your attic, or an ant colony in your cellar) is handled on the rare occasions they do occur.
Thank you for the information. The mockery I'm receiving on this thread must be a good sign. See, where I live now, it's a major issue to have termites eating the wooden structure on your home and mosquitos come in clouds so that one cannot even enjoy tea on the back porch without practically taking a shower in deet.

Many of the ticks we have here are the size of jelly beans so that's nothing new.

We also have carpenter ants that ruin the walls and structure of a house, too. Are any of the ants similar or are they just small like sugar ants?
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Many of the ticks we have here are the size of jelly beans so that's nothing new.

We also have carpenter ants that ruin the walls and structure of a house, too. Are any of the ants similar or are they just small like sugar ants?
The problem with ticks is what they may carry. If you are in the region marked in red in this map, then a vaccination is advisable: http://map.geo.admin.ch/?Y=577649.00...n-fsme-impfung
Or: http://www.smw.ch/content/smw-2013-13725/

As for ants, I have only seen tiny ones.
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We also have carpenter ants that ruin the walls and structure of a house, too. Are any of the ants similar or are they just small like sugar ants?
There are several species of the camponotus genus (carpenter ants) in Switzerland, albeit smaller than the "carps" we have in northern Michigan, where damage on wooden buildings can occur. I've never heard of any such damage in Switzerland other than on certain trees, and even that seems to be rare.

Most Swiss do not even know that ants can weaken buildings, and honestly, if I had not had to repair several damaged structures in the USA I wouldn't even be aware of that risk. No termite problems here either.

The only real problem with mosquitos is the simple fact that, because they are not a big issue in Switzerland, window screens are almost unheard of. I had to become a part-time Michigander to learn the hard way why the mosquito is the State Bird of Michigan.



So, since most Swiss windows are unscreened, there is the risk of getting the odd skeeter inside, and no sound is more annoying than some kind of no-see-um in the bedroom in the middle of a mild summer night.
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Re: What househole critters are common in Fribourg and Vaud?

You can find small animals crossing your backyard in Switzerland (but most probably only if you live in the countryside) including fox, eagle, weasel and ferret. Ah and also a lot of (small) insects during the summer (mosquitos, crickets etc.).

Hope this helps!
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Re: What househole critters are common in Fribourg and Vaud?

Not quite a household critte, but where I live, in the Jura mountains we have lots of lynx - sadly the only one I've ever seen was a dead one that a neighbour killed by accident (car - in the middle of the night)- my dream to see on in the wild one day, but they are very discreet and hunt at night only.
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We have around 6 different cats, a hedgehog, huge mosquitoes, wasps and loads of slugs in our garden. I hate wasps - they make it nearly impossible to eat outside in summer as one smell of food and they annoy you.

edit: we also have snakes but they look like big worms compared to the ones we have in Australia.
I used to Hate wasps- very badly.

Now I love them, especially since I discovered this:


We are having sparkling time together, a bit of tennis and some firework show at the end.

Hint: it's only quite funny when you did not forgot to charge the device. When not charged, you can add "sprint" to the list of common sport activities.
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I'm moving from Texas where it's not uncommon to find rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, field mice and raccoons in our back yard, despite living in an urban area. Everyone here does quarterly preventative yard/home treatments (if you care about your house) for the hoards of mosquitos we have the majority of the year, along with the termites, black widows, and roaches that like to come out in our warmer months. We also have harmless June bugs and mosquito hawks in early summer that like to gather on your porches.


So please tell me what to expect...what insects/reptiles/animals shall I see when I move to CH? Also, what needs to be done for the home in this respect (and what is illegal too...don't want to accidentally do something I'm not supposed to)?
Spooky!
The only annoyance here would be (some) neighbors.

A bit of mosquitoes, although depends where you live and the season.

In Lausanne, I killed approx 40-50 mosquitoes per night, for 2 nights using the electrical racket. This was exceptional and only occurred those 2 nights, in 5 years time.
Average in normal days 1-2 (and only during warm months).

If you live contryside there are badgers (very rare), some foxes (less rare, but they don't care about you and stay away), ferrets (very rare) which "could" eat some cables in your car left outside, but again, very rare and insurance usually cover.

Insects? most of them have been mentioned already, little spiders, occasional wasps, and all that.

Snakes? nae, if any they would be "couleuvre" non venomous and scared of you.
Maybe vipers but I have never seen any around here, they have triangular head (dangerous, but quite rare).

Little rodents, but there are plenty of bird of preys, and a few cats to take care of them.

No really, nothing exciting or cute (like raccoons) around here.

Ha yes, there are some newcomers which arrived a few years ago like the Asian long-horned beetle. Apparently they are slowly spreading and eat wood, including garden wooden furniture. But usually Swiss are reporting them and killing them quickly.
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Re: What househole critters are common in Fribourg and Vaud?

Ferrets (furrets) and polecats, their closely related cousins, are pretty common in the Jura, and so are beech martens (fouine) and pinemartens (marte) - the ones that sometimes eat cables. We have loads here and er've never had a problem, I have to say. They maybe more of a problem is town areas, we are very rural so they have plenty to eat. The polecat is recognisable by his typical eye mask, missing in the others.
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Ferrets (furrets) and polecats, their closely related cousins, are pretty common in the Jura, and so are beech martens (fouine) and pinemartens (marte) - the ones that sometimes eat cables. We have loads here and er've never had a problem, I have to say. They maybe more of a problem is town areas, we are very rural so they have plenty to eat. The polecat is recognisable by his typical eye mask, missing in the others.
In fact I think it's very rare that they eat your cables, maybe almost like urban legend. But it can happen (very rarely) so people are talking about it...

But I entirely agree, they have so many things to eat around that I doubt they'll want to fiddle near any cars.

I'd say that there are no annoying thing here for most people, but, when you see that some people are annoyed by 1 errand cat...
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Re: What househole critters are common in Fribourg and Vaud?

Not so much of an urban myth round this bit of Vaud - two friends have had various cables nibbled by martens in the last six months: apparently they prefer VW and Audi cables... Worth making sure your insurance covers repairs or better still keep the car in a garage.

Apart from the joy of seeing weasels, hedgehogs and martens in the garden, the only beasties we've had any problem with are the ticks (tiny, but almost unavoidable if you enjoy hiking: only solution is to wear long sleeves/trousers and use tick-spray, especially for kids), and processionary caterpillars, which build nests in pine and oak trees using long fibres like fibreglass which can cause nasty reactions. You have to report any sightings, so that the council can arrange to have nests destroyed.
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In fact I think it's very rare that they eat your cables, maybe almost like urban legend. But it can happen (very rarely) so people are talking about it...
Not a myth. Not at all. Though they may be more present in rural areas.
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In fact I think it's very rare that they eat your cables, maybe almost like urban legend. But it can happen (very rarely) so people are talking about it...

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Definitely not an urban myth and not rare at all even around here where they have plenty to eat.
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In fact I think it's very rare that they eat your cables, maybe almost like urban legend. But it can happen (very rarely) so people are talking about it...

But I entirely agree, they have so many things to eat around that I doubt they'll want to fiddle near any cars.
That's why car insurers offer additional cover for marder damage - because it happens ...... but mainly in winter.
It's not because they have a good look around to see what they can nibble on any given night, but because a nice warm engine bay, on a freezing night, is very inviting and hard to resist ...... and whilst there, if they can sharpen their teeth, all the better.
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Big monster duck fleas with great big gnashers that ruin your tan with bite marks.

And, down here, they only speak Vaudois because of the way the river flows. But being a bit Vaudoise myself i can understand the fact that they want to reach the Med as quick as possible.

Cockroaches - not nice. They scuttle around at night. And the man comes to spray the apartment. Great!! Then you have half dead cockroaches wiggling their little legs. Invest in a fly swat.
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Be careful in Vaud and Fribourg, you might also have Swiss Germans loose in the area.
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