Amidst Mounting Virus Fears in Europe, Insect Repellents can be Advised as One of the Best Preventive Measures

Insect-borne diseases have been the cause of widespread concern over the ages, with the spread of many epidemics so far being blamed on the growth insect population in a particular region. The modern world needs to be even more cautious about these diseases, due to globalization, as the number of people travelling around the world increases, and so does the chance of insects being propagated across borders. The more recent deadly epidemics, the Ebola virus and the Zika virus, take the center stage as the global healthcare and pharmaceutical industries intensify research and development to figure out ways to cure the infected. 

The Europe insect repellents market is likely to be expanding at a CAGR of 6.0%, a positive rate considering the already advanced state of the market. It was evaluated at US$1.3 bn in 2014 itself, and is expected to reach 2.0 bn by the end of 2021, towards the end of the forecast period from 2015 to 2021 for the above CAGR.

What is the Link Between Travelling and Insect Repellent Sales?

The growing rate of tourism is currently one of the leading factors promoting the sales of insect repellents. Tourists to a completely new region may be susceptible to the different forms of viruses present in the new region, thereby often falling ill due to the food or the water, or in a steadily growing number of cases, more severe infections and insect-borne diseases. At the same time, the introduction of tourists to a location can influence the insect-borne diseases in the region, negatively affecting the residents. A key region in the Europe insect repellent market that can be discussed is France, a country with very a high tourism rate. The insect repellent market of France is expected to expand at a CAGR of 6.30% from 2015 to 2021.

What are the More Common Materials Being Used?

The Europe insect repellent market holds a high volume of demand for citronella oil. The other materials being used in insect repellants include basil oil, eucalyptus oil, and andiroba oil. Lemongrass, the key ingredient from which citronella oil is extracted, is found in abundance across Europe, thereby making it very easy for players to obtain and manufacture the oil. In terms of the types of repellents being used, candles are found to be highly viable due to the larger area of effect they have, along with the fact that insect repellent candles are relatively cheaper than other types.


A great deal of importance is being given to preventive measures, due to the seriousness of modern day infections. Viruses are known to evolve at a very fast rate, keeping the medical research organizations on their feet at all times. In this scenario where the infection, once occurred, can be difficult to cure, it is most advisable to undertake preventive measures, such as the use of insect repellents.

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