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Don't use orange oil to kill termites — here's why!

Some common signs of a termite infestation, apart from damaged wood, is that doors and windows become harder to open. You might also start seeing piles of wings as well as mud shelter tubes. (More warning signs here.)

Making matters worse is the fact that these weakened structures and hollow wooden pieces can crumble easily at the slightest touch -- so be careful when you're cleaning these areas!

Yes, a termite infestation is definitely a pain to deal with, but this doesn't mean you should take the easy way out.

According to Rentokil, a local pest control company, homeowners should avoid using orange oil in DIY termite treatments (despite many saying it can eliminate termites). Although it contains d-limonene, which has the ability to kill termites, an orange oil extract has limited efficacy due to its short residue effect.

Orange oil is also flammable and acidic, increasing combustion risks of fire. And as it is extracted from orange peels, it should not be confused with something to be consumed!

Termites, which feed mainly on wooden and cellulose materials, eat from the inside-out, too. This means that termite damage cannot be seen from the outside. However, as homes in Singapore are very close to each other, seek early home protection to avoid spreading the infection.

Early home protection or check-ups will cost lesser than repairs to cracked walls and collapsed ceilings, too. It is advisable to engage a professional pest control to carry out safe termite treatment. 

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