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Bed bug infestation

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f138 (Published 22 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f138

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Re: Bed bug infestation

Dear Editors,

Essential oil of Origanum vulgaris(oregano), containing high quantities of carvacrol, apart from exhibiting broad spectrum bactericidal activity, even against antibiotic-resistant strains[1], broad spectrum fungicidal activity, without any side effects, even against fluconazole resistant strains[2], is also acaricidal[3] and insecticidal[4].

Sprayed periodically over mattresses, could easily deal with bed bugs.

References

[1] http://www.bmj.com/content/317/7159/609/rr/634773
[2] http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.39357.558183.94/rr/630538
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21845941
[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20578885

Competing interests: No competing interests

31 May 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece