Pros and Cons of:

Orange Oil Termite Treatment

Question: Is your home still an option for Orange Oil?

Learn when a home is not a candidate for Orange oil!

Orange oil treatments are one of the most popular treatments on the market. Orange oil is an orange rind extract and is often used in cleaning products or food additives. D-limonene is the active ingredient of orange oil treatment. This kills termites upon contact by destroying their eggs and breaking down their exoskeleton.

Why Use Orange Oil Treatment

Orange oil treatments are one of the most commonly used organic termite management methods.

When is Orange oil an Advantage

Let’s examine the pros and disadvantages of orange oil termite treatments.


  • Low toxicity and better for the environment than other termite management options
  • Protective against drywood termites and carpenter bugs as well as woodboring beetles
  • You don’t have to go out at night while you are receiving treatment
  • It is not necessary to take plants out of the house or board pets for treatment.
  • You don’t need to bag your food and medicines for treatment.
  • Roof tiles will not sustain any potential damage by being treated


  • Not effective against subterranean termites
  • However, oil or fumes are not toxic and should not be inhaled. Long-term exposure to oil and fumes can cause skin irritation and nausea, vomiting, irritation of the lungs, and other symptoms.
  • Once the product is embedded in wood, it will ignite and become flammable.
  • It only kills termites upon contact.
  • The treatment requires drilling holes in your walls or other wood components of the home.
  • You will need to do multiple treatments as the whole colony may not be eradicated in one treatment.
  • Treatment for larger infestations may be more expensive than fumigation.
  • Treatment is only for existing infestations. There is no protection against future ones
pros and cons of orange oil treatment
Organic termite treatment methods

Why Orange Oil treatment and Not a full termite tenting

The question whether to go with Orange Oil versus a full termite tenting program is the following:

If your property has been under a localized termite program for several years, you can be confident that orange oil treatment could be a method to use to manage termite colonies.  If however, you have not had your home treated for over 5 years, then heavily consider either another type of fumigant like Tumidor or a full termite tent.

You may wonder why there is a window to use Orange oil.  The reason why orange oil is no longer a viable method is when there are several termite colonies spread across the property.  Also, if the home has not been fumigated for over 10 years, especially living in Orange County, it is futile to use orange oil. Termites are everywhere and most likely in deep crevices in your home.  When the termites are deep in the home, then no localized orange oil treatment will reach the termites.  Read about orange oil treatment vs. tenting.

So here is the breakdown:  Orange oil is good if a.) you are into natural rememdies and b.) you have already been doing yearly treatments.

If you failed to do yearly treatments, then you are now in the band of either doing local treatments with probably the best insecticide on the market (termidor), which get carried from the infected termite to the other colonies you can’t reach.

Here at Gentry Termite, we will do a thorough inspection. Many times it takes 1-2 hours for a thorough inspection.

Note: Make sure you have an  expert termite inspector inspect your home.  We have over 30 years of experience coming to your home.  We only use our top inspector to ensure you choose the “right” treatment for your needs.

Your home is most likely your most expensive and esstential asset, therefore, it deserves the “right” treatment for its current status. Call today at 888-838-3764 to discuss your termite control program.

Should we do a tenting, we offer a 3 year warranty.  We will also put you on a yearly local treatment if necessary.


Orange Oil Treatment ? Termidor Treatment? Tent Fumigation?

Choose the right termite treatment program

Orange oil treatments only work against dry-wood termites. These pests live in the wood and colonize it. Subterranean termites will not be treated with orange oil because they live in soil and can only consume wood. A termite inspection will determine the type of termite and the extent of the infestation. After the termite technician has identified the termite activity areas, he will drill a hole in the wood and treat them. Orange oil is then injected through these holes. Orange oil spreads through wood beams and porous cells, causing it to be infected. All termites and eggs are killed upon contact. The oil treatment does not affect termites who aren’t in direct contact. The treated holes are then patched and then painted.  

Here at Gentry termite, we will share whether Orange Oil will be effective. If not, we will complete a termite report showing you where the colonies are to finalize the treatment process. 

Orange oil can kill termites.

Orange oil can kill termites but is not very effective. Orange oil can only be used in areas where there are active infestations. Termites that go untreated or are not treated will continue eating your home, causing further damage. Multiple treatments may be required. These treatments do not eliminate all termites but can make your home more vulnerable. Fumigation (whole structure treatment) is a guaranteed method to eradicate termites from any structure completely. Fumigation is a method that treats all of the house at once. Fumigant gas can be used to penetrate the wood, walls, and floors where termites are found. A professional pest control agency can help you identify the type of termite in your home and the extent and best treatment options.


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