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Orange Oil FAQs

How Do I Know I Have Termites?


Below are the frequently asked questions about Orange Oil, termite removal treatment, from XT2000 website.

  • Q: What does XT-2000 Orange Oil smell like?
    A: Oranges, plain and simple.


  • Q: How long will I smell the Orange Oil termite treatment solution?
    A: Typically 4 to 5 days.


  • Q: Will your termite treatment provide a clearance for me if I decide to sell my home?
    A: Yes.


  • Q: How do termites enter my home?
  • A: Drywood termites infest dry, undecayed wood, including redwood, dead limbs of native trees, shade and orchard trees, utility poles, posts, structural lumber, and lumber in storage. To establish new colonies, winged reproductives will swarm to exposed wood on the exterior of nearby buildings and other structures.


  • Q: Where do you get XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ termite treatment solution?
    A: XT 2000 is distilled from orange rinds to extract the oil. D-limonene is the chemical name for orange oil. It is a renewable resource and is a by-product of orange juice manufacturing.


  • Q: What is a drywood termite swarm?
    A: Termites go through a simple metamorphosis with egg, nymph, and adult stages. Within four to five years of the establishment of a colony, up to 87% of the adults grow wings and become male and female reproductives. These winged termites will exit the colony in a swarm. This usually occurs seasonally on sunny days during late summer and fall months.


  • Q: Can termites be found in a newly completed building?
    A: The majority of the requests for inspection are in homes ten years or older. A new home with swarmers would suggest that the wood used in construction was infested or became infested during construction. A colony will swarm within four to five years of being established; if a swarm occurs sooner than five years in a new building, we know that the colony was established in the structural timbers prior to completion of the structure.


  • Q: How do you know which wall termites come from?
    A: Termites are blind, but they can sense light and head towards it. The location of swarmers would provide evidence of their point of origin. Termites glide toward the light, but they are wretched fliers.


  • Q: How do you find everything and how do you know you will kill all the termites?
    A: Structural Integrated Pest Management (SIPM), like all treatments, requires a quality inspection. A quality inspection is the key to an efficient and effective treatment of XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™. Drywood termites cannot hide from a quality inspection. Termites may be living in inaccessible areas, such as wall voids. This type of infestation is referred to as a “KIA.” A “KIA”. “K”- Kalotermidae (Latin for drywood termites) is also known as Kalotermes (slang) “IA”- Inaccessible Areas. An inspector with a basic knowledge of the entomology of the species will be able to determine these possible areas of infestation. Further inspection of a “KIA” area, using methods such as a borescope during the treatment phase, will allow access and identification of any additional infestations; with the right tools, no termite can stay hidden.


  • Q: How can you look inside walls without opening them up?
    A: Using a borescope, we verify the presence of drywood termites by locating their waste. We determine which areas need to be scoped due to other infestations located during the inspection. Termites have to create kickouts, a small hole through which they kick out their waste. Kickouts will occur up to 30 inches apart in an area that is infested.


  • Q: Is XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ a primary termite treatment?
    A: A Primary Treatment is when your whole structure is under warranty. There are only three Primary Treatments for drywood termites, Fumigation, Heat, and XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™.


  • Q: Is there a difference in companies that offer “no tent” termite treatment?
    A: Any other “no tent” treatment, such as a local treatment, would be considered a Secondary Recommendation and Substandard. A Secondary Treatment only guarantees the treated areas, not the whole structure.


  • Q: How does XT-2000 Orange Oil™  termite treatment work compared to fumigation?
    A: We use a precise, comprehensive drill and treat method. The capillary action of XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ works in many ways like fumigation, but without the same risks! XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ moves through wood like a gas, along the path of least resistance, filling up the treated piece of wood until the termites have no place to hide. Unlike fumigation, XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ treatments are specifically targeted to the area of infestation, so you do not need to move out.


  • Q: Once the termites are located, how does XT-2000 Orange Oil™ kill termites?
    A: With the drill and treat method, a technician will apply enough XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ to saturate the infested wood member. Once saturated the orange oil will wick through the wood, getting to all of those hard to reach areas. And once XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ comes into contact with termites, it’s lights out!


  • Q: How can drill and treat methods be effective if you do not apply XT-2000 Orange Oil™ to every piece of wood in my house?
    A: If there is no evidence of infestation, then the piece of wood is free and clear of termites. There is no need to treat every board, only the infested ones.


  • Q: Once located, won’t any other pesticide kill all the termites?
    A: XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ kills termites not only on contact, but the fumes act as a neurotoxin to the termites, creating a pleasant orange fragrance that humans smell without any effect.


  • Q: Do heat termite treatments work?
    A: Yes, but the time and labor cost is reflected in your bill for the treatment. It takes six to eight hours to heat a piece of wood internally to 125° Fahrenheit. In addition, the pretreatment preparation required of the homeowner is extensive and, if not completed properly, heat can be extremely damaging to property, such as plastics, electronics, and many other items.


  • Q: How can spot termite treatments be effective if you do not apply evenly to every board?
    A: If there is no evidence of infestation, then a board is free and clear of termites. We do not need to treat every board, merely the infested ones.


  • Q: Is XT-2000 Orange Oil™ flammable?

    A: The government rates XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ as combustible. XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ is not as much of a fire hazard as a flammable product. Hazard Rating: combustible: 2= Moderate

    These are just a few commonly found Household products with a flash point: 

    • RAID flying insect killer Hazard Rating: Flammability: 4=EXTREME
    • FEBREZE air freshener, Hazard Rating: Flammability: 3=HIGH
    • CASCADE Dishwasher Detergent, Hazard Rating: Flammability: 4=EXTREME
    • DOVE light duty liquid dishwashing detergent, Unusual Fire And Explosion Hazards: combustion or heat of fire may produce hazardous decomposition products and vapors.


  • Q: Can termites return to my house after treatment?

    A: Yes. Termites can re-infest structures after treatment – even with fumigation. Contrary to popular belief, fumigation is a one-time kill that does not prevent future infestation. If you use fumigation, future infestations mean more chemicals, tenting, and moving out of your home.

    Termites are over 100 million years old and they are not going away soon. No matter what treatment you choose, even ours, termites may find their way back. The best way to deal with termites is to think of treatment as ongoing maintenance. That is why we recommend annual inspections after initial treatment, which many of our affiliates offer as part of their warranty when using our product.
  • Q: Is their a warranty with Orange Oil termite treatments?
    A: Most XT-2000 Orange Oil Certified Specialists can offer you a warranty that is equal to that of any other treatment option. At no additional expense under such a warranty, the customer can request a service call. Please contact your affiliate directly to request more information on their company policy.


  • Q: What is the difference between XT-2000 Orange Oil™ and XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™?
    A: Our product began as XT-2000 Orange Oil™, which had a 92% purity. We have since increased the purity of our product to be 95% and it is now called XT-2000 Orange Oil Plus™ to reflect the change to the higher purity!

Bay Area Termite is your drywood termite spot treatment specialist. We only do spot treatments in living spaces...WE DON"T DO WHOLE HOUSE INSPECTIONS. Call 530-665-6015 to Book an Appointment!