Health Risks from Using Mothballs

These pest deterrents are highly toxic when ingested, and there are other environmental concerns as well. This guide is about health risks from using mothballs.

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Loraine placed some mothballs inside her cabinet, after one week, the mothballs were all gone. What happen to the mothballs?

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    Mothballs evaporate. But I would advise you to use something else, as they are so toxic and the smell permeates the closet and is an awful stench.

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    Do moth balls affect humans with chest problems?

    By Dawne H. from Roslyn, P N.

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    Mothballs are poisonous, which is why they kill moths. They are poisonous to humans and pets as well. I wouldn't have them in the house, or anywhere else for that matter.

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    I have a dog and I need to know if mothballs are harmful to pets.

    By Annette from Spartanburg, SC

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    Yes mothballs are potentially very harmful to pets and you, too. If you are having trouble with moths, try cedar in some form. You can buy cedar balls, small planks or oil to hang into your closet. It smells a whole lot better than mothballs too.

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    My husband threw moth balls in our basement this winter. It got into our ventilation and went throughout the whole house. Are there any health risks involved? How do I get rid of this stench?

    By Marcia from IN

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    I think there might be health risks involved. Moth balls are poisonous, - naphthalene - and are for killing moths. Certainly, smelling that horrible odor will not do you any good. I do not know how you would get rid of it other than locating and disposing of the mothballs, but I certainly urge you to do so.

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    We get so many requests about how to get rid of pests and invariably people say to use mothballs or were given this advice from exterminators.

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