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meni

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Camino(s) past & future
April/May (2019)
There is a bad infestation of bed bugs in the Municipal (Xunta) Albergue in Negreira. I stayed there last night and we found them on the walls, crawling behind skirting boards, on the mattresses....and in the morning all over our cloths and backpacks! 😫
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Yikes! I hope you washed everything in hot water and dried it in a hot dryer. There are plenty of threads here on how to deal with it so you don't carry them home! One of my clients spent over $2000 getting rid of bedbugs after a trip to Asia!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
sorry to hear this I spray my back pack, sleeping bag and a fit sheet with Permetherin and have not had problems. I have had people above me below me and beside me with bed bugs but this spray has kept me safe.
My story has been the same as yours so far on five caminos.
I'll be staying in Negreira in May and I'll be avoiding that place.
 

SusanSmyth

Happy Member 😋
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 Francés
March 2018 Inglés
June 2019 Madrid
sorry to hear this I spray my back pack, sleeping bag and a fit sheet with Permetherin and have not had problems. I have had people above me below me and beside me with bed bugs but this spray has kept me safe.
I always spray everything, too, but still was bitten in Mansilla de las Mulas.... my last day, too!
 

MichaelF4

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese Coastal 2017
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Frances, Camino Invierno 2019
I’m at Madrid airport right now on my way to Italy trying to deal with it (I’ve found 3 HUGE ones on the outside of my backpack). Incredible that it happened on my last day! 😢
I hope you didn't go into a busy transportation hub with a bunch of infected gear.
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
The problem is not just on the Finesterre Route. A friend just finished the Frances. To start with, she got bitten from head to toe on the Qatar flight to Barcelona. Desinfected her stuff, then the problem continued all along the Frances. Even in new albergue with pristine bedding, they were crawling all over the sheets on beds....is this a bad year, end of season, worldwide exponential explosion????
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
My story has been the same as yours so far on five caminos.
I'll be staying in Negreira in May and I'll be avoiding that place.
It should be clear by then. The Xunta Alberues seem pretty good at clearing infestations. I have stayed there many times and it was fine.

When people report infestations at albergues, if run correctly, the albergue will clear the infestation pronto. No need to avoid at a later date. And an infestation can appear anywhere, including Paradors. Always worth checking before staying the night though!

Davey
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
It should be clear by then. The Xunta Alberues seem pretty good at clearing infestations. I have stayed there many times and it was fine.

When people report infestations at albergues, if run correctly, the albergue will clear the infestation pronto. No need to avoid at a later date. And an infestation can appear anywhere, including Paradors. Always worth checking before staying the night though!

Davey
Davey, I normally agree with you, but the OP indicated the facility was practically swarming with bedbugs. It's hard to believe they were staying on top of the problem with such a huge outbreak.
Yes, I am aware that even the finest hotels around the world can house those little "buggers"!
 

Jay Es

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 the del Norte, home via the Portuguse to Vigo, Planning a Via de la Plata for October 2018.
We bought the darn things home on our last trip to Spain. Staying in 4 and 5 star hotels.
So having experienced the huge cost of getting rid of the tiny offenders we will be being particularly careful. We bought a hot bag that everything will go straight in on our return home (it wont be coming i the house until its been treated) and I will be washing things a on a hot wash as often as possible... probably a good reason to use cotton, nylon and polyester clothing and not your best expensive merino.
Keep bags off the floor, seal it up, don't drop dirty clothing on the floor..apparently they love nothing better.
However we slept in some really awful looking beds on the El Norte a couple of years back and had no problem at all.
I don't know about Permethrin and its effects on bed bugs, but its been well talked about on here. We used it on last years 5 month Te Araroa hike in NZ and did not have any ill effects.
The cost involved in eradicating them is substantial and stressful. I can advise you that you don't want them in your house.
Bites are usually in a straight (ish) line and come in groups..Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. If you get bites you've possibly got them in your gear. A Hot tumble dryer is supposedly effective. But Id do a hot wash as well to be n the safe side. Be like the old Levis advert?
 
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WayWalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
Also just because you didn't receive bites doesn't necessarily mean all the proper precautions are what is preventing them. Bed bugs dont like all people. Consider yourself lucky if you're one of those! Also some people get bitten but show no reaction to bites.
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
We bought the darn things home on our last trip to Spain. Staying in 4 and 5 star hotels.
So having experienced the huge cost of getting rid of the tiny offenders we will be being particularly careful. We bought a hot bag that everything will go straight in on our return home (it wont be coming i the house until its been treated) and I will be washing things a on a hot wash as often as possible... probably a good reason to use cotton, nylon and polyester clothing and not your best expensive merino.
Keep bags off the floor, seal it up, don't drop dirty clothing on the floor..apparently they love nothing better.
However we slept in some really awful looking beds on the El Norte a couple of years back and had no problem at all.
I don't know about Permethrin and its effects on bed bugs, but its been well talked about on here. We used it on last years 5 month Te Araroa hike in NZ and did not have any ill effects.
The cost involved in eradicating them is substantial and stressful. I can advise you that you don't want them in your house.
Bites are usually in a straight (ish) line and come in groups..Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. If you get bites you've possibly got them in your gear. A Hot tumble dryer is supposedly effective. But Id do a hot wash as well to be n the safe side. Be like the old Levis advert?
My worst nightmare!
 

Sara_Dhooma

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances/Muxia (14), Portuguese (15), Le Puy (17), Norte (17), Ingles (17), VDLP (18), Lana (18)+more
I can confirm that the bedbug issue at the Municipal (Xunta) Albergue in Negreira is still out of control.

I took precautions and put my backpack sealed up and far, far away from the beds. I tried to warn the other pilgrims to do the same, but they did not listen to me. I fear they will be carrying little hitchhikers along to subsequent Albergues.

When I flicked on the lights in the morning I saw several bedbugs on different beds. I am fairly confident that all beds are infected there.

What angered me the most was the indifference of some pilgrims. One fellow straight out said he didn’t care if he got bitten, or if he carried the bugs onto the next place.
 
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martin1ws

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Somport to Finisterre Jul-Aug 2018
... We bought a hot bag that everything will go straight in on our return home (it wont be coming i the house until its been treated) and I will be washing things a on a hot wash as often as possible... probably a good reason to use cotton, nylon and polyester clothing and not your best expensive merino.
...
Here is a resource of SYates:

Quote: What kills begbugs?
• 30min of 45C/113F kill 100% of bed bugs and eggs
• 72hours of -18C/-0.4F kill 100% of bed bugs and eggs
So at home where you have got enough time you can freeze your clothes as well... especially the clothes that cannot be washed and dried very hot.
 
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SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
I’m at Madrid airport right now on my way to Italy trying to deal with it (I’ve found 3 HUGE ones on the outside of my backpack). Incredible that it happened on my last day! 😢
Are you really sure that they are bed bugs??? Because bed bugs aren't huge. Unfed they have the size of an apple seed and are slim. Fed they have still the same size, but are 'rounder'. Also, they don't come out in daylight normally, they are nocturnal! Do you have a photo of them?

BC SY
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
Are you really sure that they are bed bugs??? Because bed bugs aren't huge. Unfed they have the size of an apple seed and are slim. Fed they have still the same size, but are 'rounder'. Also, they don't come out in daylight normally, they are nocturnal! Do you have a photo of them?

BC SY
I don't know about photos, but you can see them in Sara Dhooma's video of that particular stage of her journey.
 

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