Is Orange Oil Safe
Ever since an aggressive marketing push of Orange Oil in 2012, makers of Orange Oil and companies who still use it have made claims that Orange Oil is a natural, organic way to get rid of termites.
They also make claims or imply that Orange Oil is safe for the environment.
The truth is that Orange Oil is a pesticide and it is NOT safe for you or the environment!
The EPA’s Stance on Orange Oil
The EPA responded specifically to these types of claims in a letter in 2012 in which the EPA said that claims of even implied environmental and health safety are “Potentially False and misleading”.
Companies were ordered to remove any such claims about the safety of Orange Oil and stop distributing them.
Any licensed termite control representative that claims Orange Oil is safe either explicitly or implicitly is at best acting irresponsibly out of ignorance, or, at worst unethical or blatantly dishonest.
Some termite control representatives selling Orange Oil make the claim that one of its added benefits is that it will leave behind a nice fragrance.
However, the Orange Oil label clearly states that it is “Harmful if inhaled. Avoid breathing vapor.”
The label also clearly says that Orange Oil poses potential environmental hazards and makes it clear that allowing Orange Oil to contaminate water is prohibited.
The most egregious cases of dishonest Orange Oil peddlers are those who claim that the Orange Oil product is an essential oil.
If anyone makes that claim, kindly ask them if they would apply that essential good smelling Orange Oil generously on their skin. When they refuse, ask them to leave. If they do it, then call the idiots an ambulance.
Orange Oil Is a Fire Hazard
It’s important to mention that Orange Oil is as flammable as rubbing alcohol. Oh, yes! Orange Oil has the same combustible rating from the NFPA as rubbing alcohol.
In an earlier blog, we discussed the results of a study conducted by UC Berkeley showing the inefficacy of Orange Oil.
Orange Oil is not a green product, it is not a natural product, it is not organic. It is a pesticide. Therefore, you should not use it as a way to remove termites. Instead, you should call a reputable pest control company who can treat your home for termites using products that are environmentally friendly.