A GROWING plague of bed bugs are feasting on hotel guests throughout Spain.
Madrid authorities have branded the rise as “approaching the level of an epidemic” and published a manual to help combat the tiny pests.
A dramatic rise of up to 20 per cent was recorded in 2008, according to a study by the National Association for the Control of Plagues.
The Mediterranean coast was deemed one of the worst-hit areas along with the Canary Islands.
The flat, oval, brownish-red creatures are found in mattresses and at night they gorge on the blood of sleeping humans.
The next morning itchy, red patches are found on the unsuspecting victim’s skin.