Being on a Caribbean Island you cannot avoid some of the strange insects and other animals that co-habit the Island with us. You will see lots of tortoises both at the villa and on the roads all over the island. Many people stop to put then at the side of the road. Be careful if you do (turn on hazard lights for other cars.) There are the small « Yen-Yens » (pronounced Nyang-Nyangs) that fly low around your ankles in the early morning or early evening. They are little mosquitoes. Use the repellent « OFF » or similar. There may be some near the sink. Or have fun with the tennis bats. Do not swipe (they will break) just gently move them to the insect and zzzzap. Very small ants can be seen making runs. Use the spray or the ant products in he kitchen, if you want to, or ask Martha - nicely! - to help. At night, light attracts moths of all sizes. Using the outdoor fan helps as well as turning off the terrace lights and using candles stored in the low cabinet - (very romantic). Sometimes, if a storm is in the air, you may have an invasion of small flying ants. We move the table out, turn out the lights and use (very romantic) candles for a while. You could turn on only the parking lights to tempt them away. They can be instantly killed with a fly spray BUT be warned they can come in their thousands, look disgusting, make a real mess if sprayed but are harmless. That’s life. Dont try to kill them as you will only ruin the paintwork and there will be lots of them. You’ll never win. There also a type of builder wasp that seems to have its body in two parts, with a small pipe between the parts! It will build several 2 inch long cocoons out of earth and lay eggs in them before sealing them up. The cocoons have holes in the top and when the babies are born they fly off. They make a mess but there is little we can do. Ask Martha or Eric to get rid of them if possible. They are very intelligent and watch me when I line up to thwat them, then nip through the opening when I am not looking. Now I close the doors when one comes in and wait until they settle then zzzzap or open the door a bit and let them fly out. There are no dangerous snakes or beasts here in St Barts. There are some goats that will run away if you shout at them. There are dozens of Tortoises, large, medium, small and tiny, around the villa. Take care on the drive down. You can often see Turtles in the sea close to the shore. They appear as a small white patch and then they dive. Please do not feed the wild cats as this encourages them to visit. The mosquito nets are more to keep them out than anything else. Have a nice day!