Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 361–369

Essential oils for the control of reduviid insects


  • Paula Sainz
    • Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Jesús Sanz
    • Instituto de Química Orgánica GeneralCSIC
  • Jesús Burillo
    • Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria
  • Azucena González-Coloma
    • Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias-CCMACSIC
  • María Bailén
    • Facultad de Ciencias BiomédicasUniversidad Europea de Madrid
    • Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid

DOI: 10.1007/s11101-012-9261-5

Cite this article as:
Sainz, P., Sanz, J., Burillo, J. et al. Phytochem Rev (2012) 11: 361. doi:10.1007/s11101-012-9261-5


Chagas disease is an important vector-borne disease problem in South America, especially in rural areas where inhabitants are in contact with the reduviid insects that transmit the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Today, the main means of interrupting transmission of T. cruzi is to control the vector. Therefore, studies of new agents with activity against these vectors have a priority interest. This review covers recent studies on essential oils from plants that have demonstrated moderate to high activity against the main vectors of Chagas disease. Further, we investigate the constituents of essential oils of plants of the genera Mentha, Thymus, Satureja and Artemisia and their activity on Rhodnius prolixus using an excito-repellency test.


Activity Chagas disease Excito-repellency Rhodnius prolixus



Electron impact-mass spectrometry


Essential oils


Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry


Repellency percentage


Total ion current


World health organization

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