Phytochemistry Reviews

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 361–369

Essential oils for the control of reduviid insects

  • Paula Sainz
  • Jesús Sanz
  • Jesús Burillo
  • Azucena González-Coloma
  • María Bailén
  • Rafael A. Martínez-Díaz


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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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Sainz
    • 1
  • Jesús Sanz
    • 2
  • Jesús Burillo
    • 3
  • Azucena González-Coloma
    • 4
  • María Bailén
    • 5
  • Rafael A. Martínez-Díaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de Química Orgánica GeneralCSICMadridSpain
  3. 3.Centro de Investigación y Tecnología AgroalimentariaZaragozaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias-CCMACSICMadridSpain
  5. 5.Facultad de Ciencias BiomédicasUniversidad Europea de MadridMadridSpain

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