We have covered termite pest control in the past and alternative treatments including Orange oil. There are radio commercials running all the time saying that some Orange oil does not contain much Orange oil and is made from petroleum products. We decided to investigate this area to see what the issues are.
Active Ingredients in Orange Oil
Orange oil pest control products contain the active ingredient d-limonene. D-limonene is extracted from the rinds of oranges, and is used in many household products due to its low toxicity. Orange peels are pressed and distilled to produce technical grade orange oil. Orange oil work by destroying the wax coating of the termite’s respiratory system. It is highly acidic making it toxic to termites. Orange oil move through wood, filling up the treated wood until termites are hit. d-limonene is also used in pet shampoos and household cleaners.
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