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Is Orange Oil For Termites An Effective Defense?
By Frank Reece

You might have recently heard people talking about using orange oil for termites. This low toxicity chemical may be helpful in control of these problem insects. However, it can be hard to tell if it's really effective. If you're curious about orange oil for termites, here's some information to help you decide if it's a treatment that will work for your infestation.

The active ingredient in orange oil is D-Limonene, also found in low toxicity solvents and some household cleaners. Orange oil kills only on contact, which is both a positive and a negative trait. It won't poison other creatures unless they touch it, but it's harder to kill termites if they have to come to the source of the treatment. You might have heard that orange oil will guarantee you don't have termites. However, this is only partially true. This substance does kill on contact, and can be injected into the wood of your home. However, unless you can treat every single board and beam in your home, there's no guarantee that these insects won't find something to eat.

Orange oil for termites can be effective as an alternative treatment, and it's not a carcinogen or serious toxin. There are also no known medical side effects from over exposure. The citrus smell can be regarded as pleasant or overpowering, depending on the person. However, orange oil is highly flammable, doesn't stay around long, and can be a water pollutant. It also takes a lot of time to apply. That means that it's best used as a carefully applied spot treatment. Using the right knowledge, however, it can be part of a campaign against termites that helps you get rid of them. Just don't rely on it to be a magic bullet.

If you're thinking about using orange oil for termite control, talk to an experienced professional who knows a lot about this product. If your termite control company is legitimate, they'll be able to tell you both the pros and the cons of working with orange oil, and where and when to use it. Orange oil treatments will probably occur in conjunction with other methods, but they could help you establish a method of termite control that means you don't have to move out.

If you're looking for an alternative, non toxic method of termite control, and have only a localized infestation, orange oil might be a suitable method. However, it doesn't work in all cases, and it's not a blanket solution. That means that the best way to use orange oil for termites is to consult someone who knows what they're doing, and who can tell you which solution will probably be best for you.


Frank Reece has been in the industry for 25 years. You can find his articles on www.linkmyarticles.com.

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