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Mosquitoes and pollen on CP?

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Camino(s) past & future
We are walking Porto to Santiago middle of May.
Is mosquito spray necessary? What about seasonal pollen?
Probably overthinking everything right now
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CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF15, CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF17, CP17, CdN, CM, CF18, LePuy19
Rarely encountered mosquitoes. Pollen is pollen and it is pretty bad right now, depends on what is in bloom.


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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese 2018
If you want to reduce mozzie bites, a rad solution is to drink large glasses of G and Ts. The quinine in the tonic (if it is good tonic) is actually really good at reducing mozzie bites and you can enjoy lots of great drinks while gossiping the evenings away with friends.


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Portugues Central, Santarem-Santiago - 2017; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia - 2018
Didn't see any mosquitos on the way, walked in May Porto to Santiago. Here in Russia they eat me alive in the forests when I go foraging, so I'd have noticed. Re pollen: smelled each and every flower on the way, they passed my test :) Didn't see any pollen in the pools, they were clear, nothing offensive pollen-like in the air apart from the combo of eucalyptus and cow dung :) That was quite memorable!


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Porto to Santiago de Compostela June 2018
I always bring bug juice and emergency wipes. I am loved by mosquitoes and have significant reactions but knowing others have not had issues will help me plan
Regarding cow smell, it is all your perspective. Dairy farmers say it smells like money!


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Portuguese (june 2018)
Is there any problem with insects during summer in general (esp. at night) ? Like small stinging flies or something like that?
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Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
Yes. Mosquitoes ate me alive on the central Portuguese route at night in the albergues. Their incessant buzzing around my head felt as loud as a fire alarm. I suggest you take repellent if you are not allergic.
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