Consumption of insecticides by professional mosquito control districts, which exhibits slower growth of 1.2% in 2015 over 2012, is forecast to spike in 2016 due to newly developing public awareness of mosquito-borne diseases, fueled by the threat that the Zika virus could spread to the United States, finds the recently published Mosquito Control: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.
Larvicides, insecticide products that are applied to control mosquito larvae in their aquatic breeding sites, showed the highest growth at approximately 3% a year since 2012. The strongest growth stems from products demonstrating a favorable environmental profile, such as those based on Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), Bacillus sphaericus (Bs), and spinosad.
A slight decrease in the use of adulticides, which are insecticides applied to control adult mosquitoes by spraying the flying form of the pest, was found in the reporting period. The incidence of the West Nile Virus remained in the low to moderate range, with 2,060 human cases reported to the CDC in 2015.
According to Dennis Fugate, Industry Manager at Kline’s Agrochemicals/Specialty Pesticides practice, the increased awareness on the part of the public about the Zika virus will put added pressure on mosquito control professionals to do everything possible to control mosquito vectors in their districts. At the very least, strong growth in surveillance and larviciding will result in the coming season, especially in areas where Aedes aegypti, a vector for Zika, as well as Aedes albopictus, a potential vector, is present.
In addition to the newly published Mosquito Control: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities study, a survey of mosquito control professionals in the United States regarding their up-to-the-minute operational responses to the potential threat of Zika will be published in the spring of 2016.
To offer in-depth analysis of the impact of the Zika virus on mosquito control operations in Latin America, Kline is in the process of researching an up-to-the-minute report titled Mosquito Control: Latin America Market Analysis and Opportunities. This report will be published in the third quarter of 2016, covering key countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America. It is being undertaken to develop an understanding of the potential changes in active ingredients, treatment frequency, or treated area in the region in response to the presence of the Zika virus.
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Mosquito Control: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities provides professional mosquito control/disease vector pesticide suppliers and formulators with the latest information on product usage for the mosquito control market with the breakdowns for adulticides and larvicides for the United States.