Hybrid Laminar Flow Control (HLFC) is an active drag reduction technique that requires a small amount of air to be sucked through a porous skin surface, thus stabilising the boundary layer and permitting extended laminar flow along the wing surface. Contamination of the laminar flow surfaces by insects is a major concern for this technology. An overview of insect contamination and mitigating solutions is provided as background to research undertaken. The paper reports on an experimental investigation into the potential use of surfactants and enzymes as additives to contamination alleviation fluids. It was demonstrated that both approaches have merit. It is concluded that the use of fluorosurfactant containing solutions is preferable to enzyme borne solutions, partly due to the need to control the temperature of the enzyme solution. (C) 2002 editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.