Monoterpenes from thyme (Thymus vulgaris) as potential mosquito repellents.

  title={Monoterpenes from thyme (Thymus vulgaris) as potential mosquito repellents.},
  author={Byeoung-Soo Park and W Choi and Jeong-Han Kim and Kap-Ho Kim and Sung-Eun Lee},
  journal={Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association},
  volume={21 1},
Five monoterpenes (carvacrol, p-cymene, linalool, alpha-terpinene, and thymol) derived from the essential oil of thyme (Thymus vulgaris) were examined for their repellency against the mosquito Culex pipiens pallens. All 5 monoterpenes effectively repelled mosquitoes based on a human forearm bioassay. Alpha-terpinene and carvacrol showed significantly greater repellency than a commercial formulation, N,N-diethyl-m-methylbenzamide (deet), whereas thymol showed similar repellency to that of deet… CONTINUE READING
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