Russian tourists should not lose their vigilance at European resorts , they should avoid the creepy crawlers that have made their home in popular European countries. The terrible consequences of meeting five creatures for naive vacationers were named by overseas property experts at PropertyGuides.com.
Despite the fact that direct flights from Russia to Europe have remained in the past for an indefinite period, domestic tourists find ways to get to their favorite European resorts. Tens of thousands of Russian vacationers will go on vacation to Europe. Whether they choose to stay at a hotel or go camping, most of their time will be spent outdoors, from hiking and cycling to swimming in the sea and pool.
So, what dangers can lurk travelers, besides sunburn and heat stroke? These are different creeping creatures, contact with which is often expensive – health problems. We are talking about spiders, hornets and snakes that live throughout Europe: in France, Spain, Italy, Albania, Austria and Hungary.
France and Spain: Asian hornet
The Asian hornet is a species of hornet native to Southeast Asia, but it entered France in 2004 and then Spain around 2010. Although they are not considered particularly aggressive, they tend to sting if they feel threatened or their nest is being attacked. Therefore, it is better to keep them at arm's length, and even further. Asian hornets are easy to recognize: they are usually about 3-4 cm long, but the queens around which the colony forms can exceed 5 cm, so they are hard to miss.
Southeastern Europe: long-nosed viper
It is a small specimen found in southeastern Europe, from Hungary and Austria to Italy, Romania and northern Albania, usually found on farms, open fields and rocky slopes. Its bites can be fatal, although the chances of survival are high with timely medical attention. Viper venom is hemotoxic, causing severe pain and extensive tissue damage.
Spain and Cyprus: Pine processional caterpillar
At first glance, these furry caterpillars look cute and fluffy, but they are dangerous. And not only for coniferous forests, but also for people and animals – so it is better to stay away from them. The fluffy hairs that caterpillars use to protect themselves from predators in nature are toxic. Simple contact with them causes rashes, eye irritation, coughing and allergic reactions. When stressed or threatened, the larvae eject hairs in the form of harpoons, which penetrate into all exposed areas of the skin nearby and irritate them with nettle protein. In addition, the hairs are still carried by the wind.
They can be found throughout Spain, in Cyprus, and they have reached some parts of the UK, as global warming is forcing this species to gradually move further north.
< p>Mediterranean countries: funnel-web spider
Mediterranean funnel-web spiders, relatives of the deadly spiders found in Australia, are impressive-sized specimens that weave and live in funnel-shaped webs – hence the name.
This is one of the largest spiders in Europe, about 30 mm long, but females tend to be larger. They are able to move quickly. They are active all year round along the Mediterranean Sea and coastal areas and their bites can be a nuisance so it is best to avoid them.
France: black widow spider
In Corsica, Provence and even along the Atlantic coast, tourists can encounter France's most dangerous spider. The black widow is not aggressive towards a person and bites him only for the purpose of self-defense in a hopeless situation, for example, if he is pinned down. Nevertheless, the bites of this spider are dangerous, their venom is about 15 times stronger than the venom of a rattlesnake – they cause a painful condition known as latrodectism. The bite of this insect harms the nervous system, causing hallucinations or even behavioral disorders, and painful cramps of the abdominal muscles also occur. However, it is important to note that most people recover without major complications. This spider is also widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean region as a whole, from southern Iberia (a historical region on the Iberian Peninsula) to Southwest and Central Asia.
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