Orange Oil Products Provide Green Pest Control for Termite Infestations

Orange Oil Products Provide Green Pest Control for Termite InfestationsOnce termites have established themselves in a building it can be extremely difficult to destroy the infesting colony without the assistance of professionally trained technicians. Traditional insecticide treatments have often relied on direct dusting of inorganic toxins–such as arsenic trioxide–into termite tunnels, or the use of soil-based poisons whose release into the environment can cause untold long-term damage to surrounding ecosystems.

However, many progressive businesses have begun to pursue green pest control measures that are organically based and environmentally safe. One especially successful class of organic-based insecticides is actually derived from orange peels. These products make use of high concentrations of orange oil to effectively target and destroy termites within the home without posing a risk to human occupants or the environment.

Production of Orange Oil 

Orange oil is naturally produced by cells within the rind of the orange as a protective measure against insect predation. A natural byproduct of the process used to produce orange juice by centrifugation; this essential oil is primarily composed of D-limonene–the compound responsible for the characteristic taste and odor of citrus fruits. D-limonene is often used in perfumes and cosmetics for its fragrance, and makes an environmentally friendly solvent that is used in household cleaners, pet shampoos, and a variety of adhesive and stain removers. More recently it has gained attention from organic farmers looking for non-toxic insect repellents and insecticides, and high concentrations of orange oil have been found to be especially effective in eradicating termite populations.

Orange Oil Applications for Termite Control 

Termite-removal specialists like Planet Orange prefer green pest control methods often use especially highly concentrated orange oil formulas that contain 95% pure D-limonene. These concentrated formulas are capable of killing termites on contact by destroying the wax coating of the respiratory system–instantly and effectively suffocating them. D-limonene extractions are especially successful against dry wood termites. Technicians will typically inject the extract directly into the wood, where the compound is carried via a natural wicking action throughout nearby cells–absorbed like water through a sponge and penetrating otherwise inaccessible areas in the home or structure.

Benefits of Using Orange Oil-Based Products to Eliminate Termites 

In addition to minimizing the effects of toxins on the surrounding environment, there are a variety of benefits to utilizing D-limonene based extractions to control termites:

  • Eliminates need for homeowners to move out during the treatment process, saving cost, hassle, and anxiety.
  • Relies on plant-based, naturally occurring, and sustainable products.
  • No requirements for alerting utilities to temporarily turn off gas or electric service.
  • No risk to nearby landscaping, vegetation, or other occupants within multi-family properties.

Finding a Reputable Termite Control Service 

Eradicating an established termite colony without risking further damage to buildings and structures requires the benefit of experience, skill, and training. Specific approaches and products will vary from site to site, depending on the species of termite, extent and type of structural damage, and specific geographical characteristics of the area. When looking for a green pest control company you should make sure that technicians are licensed by the state. This will ensure that they have the required training to adequately assess and comprehensively complete termite treatments.

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