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Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
#6
Great. More posts on bedbugs! Tell me before I step on that plane, is it worth spraying my rucsac?
 
#10
The baggage transfer services are a source of concern.
We sprayed our luggage with Permethrin before the Frances in May 2017 (and again in June when we returned to walk the stages we failed to cycle in May...technical troubles ; don't ask). On returning home, we carried out the somewhat obsessive routine of dumping everything in the garage before carefully bringing anything into the house ; we had no infestation.
Via de la Plata in less than 3 weeks time ; no bag transfers and not using albergues so perhaps less risk. I must check the level in the spray...
 

Lucy Keenan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Northern Route - 2016
Santiago to Finestiere and Muxia - 2017
Frances Route - May 2018
Camino Ingles
#11
The baggage transfer services are a source of concern.
We sprayed our luggage with Permethrin before the Frances in May 2017 (and again in June when we returned to walk the stages we failed to cycle in May...technical troubles ; don't ask). On returning home, we carried out the somewhat obsessive routine of dumping everything in the garage before carefully bringing anything into the house ; we had no infestation.
Via de la Plata in less than 3 weeks time ; no bag transfers and not using albergues so perhaps less risk. I must check the level in the spray...
I have all this no thought on my last 2 caminos. Didn't luggage transfer. But I'm going to get some spray tomorrow. Thanks.
 

Limon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018 Camino Portugués
#12
We just sprayed our bags, sleeping bags and liners with Permethrin, It's supposed to last for about 6 weeks (or 8 washes). A few years back, when we were in Andalucia and Morocco, I was bitten. Not pleasant. I'm also carrying a small can of DEET for mosquitoes. My wife is lucky, she never gets bitten. Me? Since I quit smoking 14 years ago, I've become a magnet for all small parasitic creatures.
 

GlennP

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 is hope!
#13
We just sprayed our bags, sleeping bags and liners with Permethrin, It's supposed to last for about 6 weeks (or 8 washes). A few years back, when we were in Andalucia and Morocco, I was bitten. Not pleasant. I'm also carrying a small can of DEET for mosquitoes. My wife is lucky, she never gets bitten. Me? Since I quit smoking 14 years ago, I've become a magnet for all small parasitic creatures.
FYI. EWG.org says this: When infused into clothing, permethrin can deter mosquitos from landing and prevent bites by Aedes aegypti. However, CDC officials said that recent tests in Puerto Rico indicated that permethrin “probably isn’t effective” in the current pandemic, so they dropped a plan to distribute permethrin-treated clothing. The chemical’s effectiveness declines after washing. If you want to try it, buy clothing pre-treated at the factory. Don’t treat your own clothing with liquid permethrin.
 

Limon

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2018 Camino Portugués
#14
FYI. EWG.org says this: When infused into clothing, permethrin can deter mosquitos from landing and prevent bites by Aedes aegypti. However, CDC officials said that recent tests in Puerto Rico indicated that permethrin “probably isn’t effective” in the current pandemic, so they dropped a plan to distribute permethrin-treated clothing. The chemical’s effectiveness declines after washing. If you want to try it, buy clothing pre-treated at the factory. Don’t treat your own clothing with liquid permethrin.
This is good advice. It's probably not a good idea to treat clothes with permethrin as the chemical's efficacy diminishes after repeated washing. (Just the pack and sleeping bags, liners, ect., should suffice)
 

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