In the last few years, citric acid - also known as orange oil, has become a popular termite control method. While orange oil is cleverly advertised as "safe" and "organic," it has no place in your home, and could prove irritating or even lethal if the correct situation is presented. Orange oil is extremely flammable when applied to wood, but will not catch fire in a standing puddle. Orange oil wicks into wood, this wicking action allows the product to reach maximum volatility. Once orange oil has been used on a timber, it needs only a minor spark before causing catastrophic damage. For this reason orange oil should not be used near electrical sources, heating and cooling units, or in any other situation that may routinely reach over 120 degrees - such as a wall void or attic.
Orange Oil Is Ineffective For Termite Control!
Orange oil is a contact based termiticide, thus it has to saturate the infected wood to effectively control termites. If proper saturation is not reached in all affected wood members, the termites will not be eliminated. Orange oil is billed as being an organic, or natural method of controlling termites. While orange oil may be organic, that doesn’t mean it lasts - orange oil biodegrades in 21 days and has no residual value after that time. Due to orange oil’s ineffectiveness, termites that are present 3 weeks after the treatment will continue feeding on your home unopposed.
Orange Oil Is Toxic To Breathe!
In addition to orange oil’s shoddy termite control record, orange oil releases an astronomically high level of volatile organic compounds which are harmful to the environment and unsafe to breathe. Orange oil is also a major marine pollutant! At Bad Termite, we perform in-depth research all the products we use. We are conscious of the environment and understand that some products are truly unsafe to use on a structure, despite how they are advertised. Contact us today for termite control methods that won’t threaten the safety of your home.