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Mothballs Are Toxic

Susan Sanders-Kinzel

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. Mothballs are very toxic. They contain Napthalene which is highly poisonous. It does keep moths away and many other pests but is also bad for us, our pets (dogs, cats, and birds) and wildlife.

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/naphthal.html

We also get many, many requests asking how to get rid of the mothball smells after using them to keep mice out of their attics and crawl spaces. The best way is not to use them in the first place. If you must use them, make sure you contain them in something. As soon as you want to remove them, all you need to do is remove a mesh bag rather than trying to find them all over the attic.

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Personally, I don't use them for anything and wouldn't recommend their use. Cedar shavings do repel moths and work well repelling some other pests also.

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November 27, 20061 found this helpful

I use a great non-toxic, environmentally safe product called Moth Away--made of herbs and spices. Seems very effective, and it smells minty and fresh. Wal-Mart stock these packets in boxes in the organizer aisle.

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