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Mosquitoes and pollen on CP?

always me

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese(2018)
#1
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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biarritzdon

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Camino(s) past & future
CF011, CF012, CP013, CF014, CA015, S.Anton015, CF015, CI015
Ditch Pig016, CF017, CP017, CdN(018)
#2
Rarely encountered mosquitoes. Pollen is pollen and it is pretty bad right now, depends on what is in bloom.
 

miffy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese 2018
#4
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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surya8

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues Central, Porto-Santiago, Apr-May 2017
Camino Portugues, Lisbon-Porto, Oct 2017
#6
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!
 

TulaB

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Porto to Santiago de Compostela June 2018
#8
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!
 

pavel2

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (june 2018)
#9
Is there any problem with insects during summer in general (esp. at night) ? Like small stinging flies or something like that?
 

Anniesantiago

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Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 will be Camino #14.
#10
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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