Insect Repellent Active Ingredients Market Trends

The insect repellent active ingredients market is a significant segment of the global pest control industry. Insect repellents are substances applied to the skin, clothing, or other surfaces to repel insects and prevent bites or stings. They are commonly used to protect against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, flies, and other biting insects that can transmit diseases or cause discomfort.

Trends in Insect Repellent Active Ingredients Market

  • Growing demand for natural and plant-based repellents: With increasing awareness about the potential risks associated with synthetic chemicals, there is a rising demand for natural and plant-based insect repellents. Active ingredients like oil of lemon eucalyptus, citronella, and neem are gaining popularity as they offer effective repellent properties while being perceived as safer alternatives.
  • Development of innovative formulations: Manufacturers are focusing on developing innovative formulations of insect repellents to enhance convenience, ease of use, and effectiveness. This includes the development of long-lasting formulations, repellent-infused clothing and fabrics, and innovative application methods such as sprays, lotions, wipes, and wearable devices.
  • Expansion of product portfolios: Insect repellent manufacturers are expanding their product portfolios to cater to a wider range of consumer preferences. They are introducing products with different active ingredients and concentrations to target specific insects or offer a broader spectrum of protection. This allows consumers to choose products that align with their specific needs and preferences.
  • Integration of repellents into skincare and cosmetic products: Insect repellents are increasingly being integrated into skincare and cosmetic products, such as moisturizers, sunscreens, and body lotions. This integration allows for the dual benefit of providing insect protection while providing skincare benefits, making them more appealing to consumers.
  • Rising focus on eco-friendly and sustainable repellents: Environmental concerns and sustainable practices are gaining prominence in the insect repellent market. There is a growing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable repellent options that minimize harm to the environment, wildlife, and human health. This has led to the development of biodegradable formulations and packaging materials.
  • Increased emphasis on safety and efficacy: Consumers are becoming more conscious of the safety and efficacy of insect repellents. They seek products that are proven to be effective against target insects and are safe for use on the skin, especially for children and sensitive individuals. Manufacturers are investing in research and development to improve the safety and efficacy profiles of their products.
  • Regional variations in active ingredient preferences: Active ingredient preferences can vary across regions based on the prevalent insect species and diseases. For example, areas with a higher risk of mosquito-borne diseases may see a higher demand for repellents containing DEET or picaridin, while regions with a focus on natural products may favor plant-based repellents.

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Market Drivers

Vector-borne infections account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, according to a WHO research published in March 2020. Each year, these diseases kill around 700,000 people. They can be brought on by parasites, bacteria, or viruses. Several outbreaks of life-threatening infections, such as chikungunya, influenza, H1N1 virus, Zika virus, and dengue, have occurred in the previous decade, mostly spread by insect vectors. With the rise in vector-borne disease, the demand for and consumption of insect repellent products is likely to rise in the near future. This motivates market utilisation.

The North American region accounted for the largest share in the global insect repellent active ingredients market, in terms of value. This is attributed to the problem of insect infestation, which has increased with the increase in population, rapid urban developments, and changes in weather patterns. This, in turn, has led to the increased demand for insect repellent products and services in North American region. Additionally, consumer awareness regarding health and hygiene issues has also increased, leading to a higher demand for insect repellent products in households in North American countries like Canada and Mexico.

Key players in this market include Clariant AG (Switzerland), Lanxess (Germany), Sumitomo Chemical (UK) PLC (UK), Cetrefine International Limited (UK), Jiangsu Panoxi Chemical Co. Ltd (China), Qingdao Benzo New Materials Co. Ltd (China), Hefei TNJ Chemical Industry Co. Ltd (China), NK Chemiosys Pvt. Ltd. (India), and Shorgun Organics Ltd. (India).

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