I’ve treated our sleep sheets, sleeping bags and packs with Permethrin to stop bed bugs – I used Equip Debugger purchased from Paddy Palin in Sydney.
Some tips from fellow travellers to avoid bed bugs are
- Use an insect spray that contains pyrethrins such as Skoot to lightly spray over your bed when you get to your albergue. Wait ten minutes and look for signs of bed bugs – they will skedaddle away from the mattress after you spray it.
- Check for other signs of bed bugs like blood spots.
- Always let the hospitalario know if you spot bed bugs. They will be keen to treat the mattress.
- Never put your pack on the bed. This helps to stop the transmission/transport of bed bugs.
If you are unlucky enough to get bed bugs then wash everything and hot tumble dry.