First timer Spring 2019
- Year of past OR future Camino
- April-May 2019
I’ve never ever experienced them before now but wondering if anyone else has been affected this week on the first 2-3 stops ?
I hope everyone has packed a flashlight or headlamp and that they put them to good use checking under, around and along the edges of the mattress for signs of bugs, black spots etc before they put their stuff or themselves on any bed.
Yup. Sleeping bag, top sheet, sleep clothes (never sleep in what I plan to walk in) all in a permethrin treated dry bag, and still check the bed for signs. Backpack hung from the bunk above with one of those paint can hooks. That reminds me, leaving Tuesday for the Ingles, let me go spray my stuff right now.I have been bitten twice in 3500+ km on the Spanish caminos, both times I didn't check. Both times I saw (and killed) the bugs after the fact so I knew where I had been bitten, and both times new 'bites' kept appearing up to four days later even though I had not been bitten again, so unless you see the bugs you can't be sure where it happened. If you do see them, tell the hospitaler@ and sort your gear out! Also I never put my pack on the bed, and all my stuff is separated into drybags just in case. There are ways of minimising the risk of bites and transfer, though I suppose some people don't think about it.
Last Night in an Albergue a lady sprayed her bed. I looked at her and asked what she was doing. She replied doesn’t it smell good? No I said and she didn’t speak to me after that. I don’t know what she sprayed with but we all smelled itI hope everyone has packed a flashlight or headlamp and that they put them to good use checking under, around and along the edges of the mattress for signs of bugs, black spots etc before they put their stuff or themselves on any bed. And that no one brings toxic or strong smelling products to spray on the mattresses or pillows - just imagine the build-up over one season! Spray your stuff at home if you like but check for bugs with your torches and eyes. Tell the hospitaler@ if you see any signs, or if you have been bitten, so they can help you clean your stuff. Buen bug-free camino!
This is one of the reasons I keep going on about checking for bugs. NO it doesn't smell good - bug sprays, repellents, essential oils, none of them smell good to someone who is sensitive to smells or chemicals, like my mother, or just grumpy about unnecessary chemicals, like myself. The dorms can smell bad as it is sometimes, but nobody has the right to force their choice of toxins and strong smells on anyone else. And no, tea tree or lavender oil isn't OK either!Last Night in an Albergue a lady sprayed her bed
Exactly.We are volunteering at Pilgrim House in Santiago and hearing current horror stories. I know how hard hospitaleros work keeping albergues clean so no locations will be shared. Bed bugs also travel well. Be the cleanest most vigilant Pilgrim. ultreya
Bedbugs last week in the Pension Calle Mayor in Najera. Woke to them crawling all over the top sheet. I spray myself with lavender oil before bed and didn't seem to get bitten. They were full of blood but not mine.
Last Night in an Albergue a lady sprayed her bed. I looked at her and asked what she was doing. She replied doesn’t it smell good? No I said and she didn’t speak to me after that. I don’t know what she sprayed with but we all smelled it
Yes, bedbugs can be an annoyance or worse for those who get bad reactions, but let's save the word horror for things that are truly horrific.We are volunteering at Pilgrim House in Santiago and hearing current horror stories
I agree. What I didn't mention was that I was in a two bed room with a friend who was quite happy with my spray. And I don't know if lavender oil works or if I was just lucky.Some people think that lavender scent deters them, but there's no evidence to support that. Some people find the scent of lavender to be calming. Others, like me find it annoying.
Yes, bedbugs can be an annoyance or worse for those who get bad reactions, but let's save the word horror for things that are truly horrific.
And check out bedbug reports through other sources. I know we don't name names here, but there are multiple reports of an infestation at a Santiago hostel that been on for several weeks. Staff and/or management can change over the course of a season, with an accompanying change of practice. In the very first albergue I stayed in (France), I took note when, after informing the volunteer hospitalera that I has stripped the bed (to help her out, I thought), she got rather upset, asked me where I had put the sheets, retrieved said sheets from the laundry room and replaced them on the bed. You can never assume that you're sleeping on clean sheets in any establishment.Bedbugs are a fact of life in hostels. You may never have an encounter, but you may. Do your homework (check out mattress, etc). Good luck.
Well I think it could have been your blood, but maybe you are one of those lucky peregrinos who doesn’t have a reaction to the bites. I think, but I am no expert, that it’s very unlikely that they would be all over your bed and not bite you. Wish I be one of those lucky reaction-free peregrinos!Bedbugs last week in the Pension Calle Mayor in Najera. Woke to them crawling all over the top sheet. I spray myself with lavender oil before bed and didn't seem to get bitten. They were full of blood but not mine.
You can either sleep in the only bed in town, sit in the lounge area of the albergue, start walking, or get a taxi onward.What if you find BB's and it is the only bed in town?
Actually there has been no evidence, that I'm aware of, that they have ever spread a disease to humans. It seems to be a theoretically possibility. There are many worse hazards on the Camino - getting hit by a car, falling down, eating or drinking the wrong thing. Now that I think of it, these are exactly the same sort of hazards I encounter at home. Life is risky!BB spread disease.
I would never "recommend" the camino to someone who is extremely anxious about bedbugs. They exist. Upon occasion, they will be in the same room as you, whether you know it or not! But the risk of significant problems is low - but I strongly recommend that you take appropriate precautions at the end of your trip.I'm getting totally turned off to the trip now.
That's why I spray my backpack, sleep sack and all my cloth stuff sacks with permethrin. It doesn't kill repel bedbugs or on contact, but as you can see in this YouTube video, it will kill them over time. I figure that even if bedbugs get in my backpack they aren't getting out alive.
I hear you. On the morning before hitting Santiago, I awoke to a bed bug in my bed. I was on the lower bunk. My husband on the top. I recieved over 100 bites. He recieved 0. If I ever do the Camino again, I'll be requesting the top bunk every time. (that was the 3rd time I was bitten on my first camino).Given the option I take top bunk. I'm suspect of little critters abseilng (free falling) from underneath mattress above if on bottom bunk. I picked up random fact that there attracted to CO2 we emit when breathing out so I try not to breath when Im asleep. Three Caminos, no bites and alive at last
You can get rid of them.... If you sleep on a bed with BB (they can hide pretty much anywhere), you can plan that they are taking a ride with you and you will never get rid of them. They infect you backpack, clothes, everything....