First, an upfront disclaimer: I am not a termite inspector, nor do I pretend to be one. I neither give nor get referrals for getting termite work done on a client’s house. I don’t own a termite company, nor do I have any stake, financial or otherwise, in the success or failure of any particular method of treating termites. If your home has recently been treated with Orange Oil, or you are considering getting it treated by Orange Oil, you’ll need to do your own research about the product and its efficacy. I can’t and won’t make a claim either way.
A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the use of Orange Oil to kill termites. Judging by the traffic to said article, many folks seem to have questions about it. My content source — remember, I’m not a termite expert — was a newsletter from National Building Inspectors. What they gave was, shall we say, a less than enthusiastic endorsement. The precise words:
[NBI] would never certify a home as being ‘free and clear’ of a drywood infestation that was treated with orange oil.
A “Michael Folkins” — just dropped by and left a comment on said article and left his calling card: a link to the XT2000 site, which appears to belong to the manufacturer/distributor of the Orange Oil product. Michael’s comment raises an interesting question about traditional termite fumigation:
On average less then 1/2 percent of a home is infested with drywood termites, then WHY DO WE POISON 100% OF THE HOME WITH FUMIGATION?
With true optics we can find headen areas of infestation and kill the colonys and eggs of drywood termites. Sense orange oil
Fair question: Why do we fumigate 100% of the home even though only 1/2 of one percent of it might be infested? Michael would presumably have us use Orange Oil.
Here’s my understanding: Yes, only 1/2 of one percent of the home might be infested, but how the heck are you going to find that 1/2 of one percent — which might be scattered in a dozen places — short of borrowing Superman’s power of vision?
As if one vendor dropping by wasn’t enough, Michael’s comment was followed up quickly by an Alex Del Toro — whose calling card points to TermiteGuy.com Alex is not fond of Orange Oil:
Mr Folkin is the producer and distribtutor of Orange Oil and needs to defend his worrthless product.
So the next time you hear the words “orange oil,” just remember that it only works on the termites that are accessible, detected and treated with the oil. Unfortunately, unless you live in a concrete slab home with 1920’s board and batten walls, then termite detection is the real issue.
Neither is Alex fond of termites: he likens them to terrorists.
What say you? Orange oil good? Orange oil bad?
More of a perspective:
Marian Bennett, a Realtor in Half Moon Bay, educates us about termite remediation as she channels the words of Kevin Palmer of Premier Termite.
Articlemaniac weighs in on Orange Oil.
Tags: Consumer, Fumigation, Industry, Orange oil, Pest Inspection, Termite Inspections, Termite remediation, Termites
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