Gains will also be supported by heightened concerns about the potential adverse effects of insecticides, said the Cleveland-based research company.
Historically, the most common active ingredient in insect repellents was N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), however, the greater range of DEET-free insect repellents (including biorepellents) that are now available will support gains.
The most common replacement for DEET is picaridin, which is found in many of the insect repellents intended for use on human skin. In other types of insect repellents (such as those for use in outdoor living spaces), some active ingredients that are marketed as insect controls—allethrin, metofluthrin, and permethrin—can also be used as repellents.
US demand for all types of pesticides used in home and garden applications is expected to rise 3.4% a year to $2.6 billion in 2022. High participation rates in gardening and landscaping activities and concerns about insect-borne diseases in the household market will support gains. The best prospects for growth will be for pesticides that offer improved safety, efficiency, and greater ease-of-use. Pesticides face rising competition from non-pesticidal pest control techniques, said Freedonia.