Insect repellents hold promising potentials in killing COVID-19 pathogens on surfaces. A team of scientists at Britain’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) is gaining popularity for sharing their preliminary findings of their research that demonstrate insect repellents can kill SARS-CoV-2 virus. Since consumers are concerned about their health and home environment, manufacturers in the insect repellent market are capitalizing on this opportunity to maintain steady supply chains in retail stores for easy availability of products.

Companies in the Britain insect repellent market are anticipated to boost their R&D activities to see if insect repellents would provide a protective layer against coronavirus. The ever-evolving nature of COVID-19 strains has brought Citridiol, an insect repellent by Citrefine International Ltd. into the limelight.

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Insect Repellent Fabrics Gain Advantage over Traditional DEET Containing Products

Synthetic ingredients such as DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) insect repellents have advantages including proven efficacy in preventing bites from mosquitoes and remain effective for several hours. However, its oily feel, potential irritation to eyes, and other sensitive areas are inhibiting market growth. Hence, manufacturers are innovating in roll-on DEET insect repellents that are easy to apply are non-sticky and very much loyal to the user base.

The global insect repellent market is projected to reach the revenue mark of US$ 9.3 Bn by the end of 2031. Manufacturers are seen innovating in insect repellent fabric. For instance, an Indore-based startup Clothing Innovation in India is being publicized for its patent-pending Armour technology that factory treats fabric to repel insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, and ants, among others.

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Long Lasting Insect Repellents Help Ward off Disease-causing Insects

Vector-borne illnesses are leading to overwhelming financial and health burden on people in low- and middle-income countries. Researchers in the insect repellent market are taking advantage of this opportunity to develop long lasting repellents that are effective in warding off disease-causing insects. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health alumnus Abraar Karan, MPH ’17, is one of the co-founder of Longsleeve, which is developing a game changing mosquito repellent that is waterproof, non-smelly, and safe to use.

Since DEET ingredients have been rated as slightly toxic by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, companies in the insect repellent market are innovating in mosquito repellents that last up to 72 hrs.

Low-viscosity Silicone Oil Prevents Mosquitoes from Staying Long Enough to Feed

Consumers are gaining awareness about natural ingredients in insect repellents. Tokyo-based chemical and cosmetics company Kao Corporation is known for its low-viscosity silicone oil, which prevents mosquitoes from landing on the skin and has the potential of an insect repellent ingredient. Companies in the insect repellent market are taking cues from such companies to increase R&D in unique mosquito repellent technology using a hydrophobic oil surface, which mosquitoes tend to dislike, thus preventing them from staying long enough to feed.

It has been found that mosquitoes tend to rub their legs together in an attempt to wipe the hydrophobic oil adhering to its. Hence, manufacturers in the insect repellent market are developing products using the hydrophobic oil technology to produce low-viscosity silicone oil.

Essential oils are acting as insect repellents in food packaging. This explains why the insect repellent market is projected to advance at a favorable CAGR of ~7% during the assessment period. Active food packaging is currently witnessing high demand in the food industry in order to provide protection to food. Such trends are acting as key drivers, thus contributing to the growth of the insect repellent market.

Manufacturers are bolstering their production capacities in essential oils made from plants that represent active ingredients being used in insect repellents for food packaging to store and protect food from environment and insects. Insect repellent packaging is gaining prominence to create safety measures by repelling insects from exterior environment.

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