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Bed bug infestation

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (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.



Competing interests: No competing interests

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