In a world without the orange oil termite treatment, there is chaos
Of all things in the world, you cant fight nature with fire. That is the realization that many homeowners are coming across these days, in their fight against termites. The traditional treatment of termite extermination, termite fumigation, incorporates two highly toxic chemicals and has noticeably harmful effects on the environment and the indigenous animal populations. Basically, the pesticides involved in the traditional treatment are not only toxic to the termites, but to plants and other animals as well. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to contain the gaseous chemicals involved in fumigation, so these toxins inevitably escape their confines and interact with the other wildlife in the vicinity.
The only thing that is left in the wake of these chemicals is death, death, and more death. Not only do they endanger the natural ecosystem, but they also have the potential to harm you and your loved ones (gasp). Simply put, harmful remnants left behind by the fumigation treatment have been known to linger well after the treatment has been completed. This can cause subtle yet significant health defects in the occupants, once they move back in to their enclosure(it is necessary to vacate the premise during a fumigation). So clearly, there is a market for an effective, yet safe termite treatment technique. And thus the orange oil termite treatment was born.
Orange Oil Termite Treatment: What is it?
For all of you out there struggling to find a natural remedy for your termite infestations, look no further than the orange oil termite treatment. In essence, the orange oil termite treatment is based upon an active ingredient in the orange known as d-limonene. This compound is simply extracted from the peels of oranges (pretty cool huh?). And since it comes from such a blatantly safe and benign (not to mention delicious) source, the orange, you know that this treatment poses little to no health risks to you, your loved ones, or even the nearby ecosystem. Clearly, the orange oil termite treatment is a much more natural and gentler (on the environment) way of killing termites than that horrid process of termite fumigation.
Orange Oil Termite: What actually happens?
For all of the faint of heart and animals lovers out there, feel free to skip this section
Although the d-limonene has a very low toxicity level, it is still considered an effective way to exterminate termites. At the biological level, the active compound in the treatment compromises the integrity of the exoskeleton of termites. Once exposed, the termite will have about 8 more hours to live until its nervous system completely collapses, causing desiccation, and then death. However, the most important part of this whole process and the key to the success of this treatment is the 8 hours that it takes for the termite to finally croak. Please keep in mind; if the engineers of the orange oil termite treatment wanted their product to kill the termites immediately, they couldve made it so.
However, for very specific reasons, they did not. During that 8 hour window of time, the termite will continue about its business, albeit rather lethargically. So, as it moves about and comes in contact with other termites, it will unknowingly infect the other termites with the d-limonene. Ultimately, this cycle will continue with the termites unknowingly and unwillingly infecting their brethren with the lethal substance. If this ceaseless interaction between the termites comes to fruition, the entire infestation will be wiped out. Unfortunately, this is not always the case (but Ill talk about that a little later).
Orange Oil Termite Treatment: Deployment method?
The orange oil termite treatment involves injecting the infested wood with the d-limonene substance, which allows it to come in direct contact with the termites. Once applied, the termites will then die from either direct contact, inhalation of the fumes, or ingestion of the treated wood. More often then not, the injection of the wood must be done multiple times in order to cover a meaningful amount of wood. However, this is a very arduous process. As a result, this method is only applicable when dealing with a highly concentrated infestation of termites.
Furthermore, the nature of the deployment system limits this treatment to dealings with drywood termites. Unbeknownst to many, there are many types of termites, and they literally come in all shapes and sizes. Take for example, subterranean termites. This treatment would be unable to meaningful effect them because they live underground. Think about it; it would be nearly impossible and just as impractical to inject the substance into the ground. Talk about a wild goose chase. It would be like trying to play pin the tail on the donkey when the donkey DOESNT EVEN EXIST. Simply put, the treatment is simply ineffective and impractical when treating subterranean termites.
Orange Oil Termite Treatment: What are the limitations?
Due to the decreased lethality of the orange oil termite treatment in relation to termite fumigation, the former is somewhat less efficient. Basically, in order to make this treatment less harmful to unintended targets, the engineers of the treatment had to tame the harshness and severity of the chemicals involved. Thus it can be said that the orange oil termite treatment is slightly less effective in the killing of termites than fumigation.
Also, another hindrance to orange oil treatment is the method of deployment. As discussed before, the treatment is solely designed to be implemented in localized areas (i.e. not in open areas). Thus it must be implemented many times in order to have a significant effect. Also, it is not uncommon for parts of the colony to evade the d-limonene due to the deployment deficiencies. This allows sectors of the colony to survive and then repopulate by way of their darned rapid reproduction. Not to mention, the orange oil termite treatment is much more expensive than its counterpart. Clearly, this innovative method has shortcomings of its own.
Orange Oil vs. Termite Fumigation: The final verdict?
In comparison to the traditional treatment, fumigation, the orange oil treatment enjoys a few advantages. First, there is no need to vacate the premises as well as the lack of a residual effect. Also, it has a much more negligible effect on the environment. However, it does have a few drawbacks. The effects of this treatment cannot be expanded; it is limited to local applications. The procedure requires actually drilling into wood, and even then, it is less effective than the fungicide. Lastly, it is much more expensive than the other treatment options.
So when weighing the options against various termite treatment options, it is up to you to pick your poison (literally).