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Health Risks from Using Mothballs

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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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Tip: Mothballs Are Toxic

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.

By Susan Sanders-Kinzel

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Question: Using Mothballs

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

    By Paul Aaron [1]

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    By Louise B. 6 2,495 08/24/2015 Flag

    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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    Question: Mothballs and Pets

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

    By Annette from Spartanburg, SC

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    By Lizzyanny 9 1,237 03/22/2010 Flag

    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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    Question: Dangers of Using Mothballs

    Do moth balls affect humans with chest problems?

    By Dawne H. from Roslyn, P N.

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    By Louise B. 6 2,495 08/13/2014 Flag

    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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    Question: Health Risks from Moth Balls

    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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    By Louise B. 6 2,495 03/05/2013 Flag

    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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