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Orange Oil Termite Treatment

When deciding on a termite control treatment method, it is always important to consider all the options. Today, more than ever, people are concerned with the use of chemicals some environmental reasons and some for personal health. This has led to development green pest control measure and technique; one such control measure is the “famous” orange oil termite treatment method. So, what exactly is it, how is it carried out, and does it even work?

Pro’s and Con’s of Orange Oil Termite Processes

In order to fully understand if an orange oil treatment is right for you, carefully consider all of the advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few key pros and cons for easy reference:

Advantages:
  • There is no need to vacate the premises
  • There is no residual effect
  • There is no need to remove pets or houseplants from the property
  • D-limonene (the active ingredient) is much less toxic compared to most other termite chemicals.
Disadvantages:
  • Orange oil will only control termite infestations that can be seen, not infestations in other areas. Its effects are localized.
  • There are no residual properties of orange oil (for future control). You need to keep applying it if new infestations occur.
  • Orange oil treatments require drilling into wood and wall components of the home.
  • Orange oil is mainly only effective against drywood termites, not subterranean termites.
  • Treating large areas with orange oil may be more expensive than other treatment methods.
  • Orange oil (with its high turpene content) may cause paint to peel off as its effect on paint is similar to nail polish.
  • Orange oil is flammable, so there is a (very) small fire risk.

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