Repellents and insecticides

Insects make up half of all living organisms and play an essential role in our ecosystem,
contributing to pollination and the food chain of birds and other insectivores. Only a few pose a threat to human health in Europe, but that threat can be serious. Others are more of a nuisance.

Repellents and insecticides are critical to help tackle the growing presence and nuisance of various troublesome insects. They also fall under the scope of biocidal products and are in A.I.S.E. product portfolio.

In order to learn more about insects’ presence, impact and control in Europe, and see how diverse the situation is among the different EU Member States, download the A.I.S.E. brochure:

This brochure includes also an overview on:
-    The most common troublesome insects found in Europe and why they are a problem
 -    Various data from ECDC on the evolution of insect-transmitted diseases
-    The rigorous legislative process in place to place repellents & insecticides on the market
-    Tips for prevention & safety
-    A vast number of scientific literature references on the topic



A drastic evolution of ticks between 2012 and 2019 in Europe Source: ECDC 

These findings indicate a growing need to protect against infection, infestation and insect-transmitted disease in and around homes, healthcare and other institutional settings in Europe. In this context, repellents and insecticides provide a vital line of defence, responsibly used and strictly regulated in Europe under the Biocidal Products Regulation.

Efficacy of topical mosquito repellents

Research undertaken by the industry to validate the efficacy of repellents confirms that two alternative methods can be used in Europe as alternatives to the conventional arm in cage test for assessing topical insect repellents. This research was funded jointly by A.I.S.E. and Biocides for Europe, and the results have been published by the Oxford Academic Press.