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4 Reasons to Avoid Using Mothballs to Repel Bugs and Rodents

1. Mothballs are Regulated Pesticides

2. Mothballs Can be Dangerous to Humans and Animals Alike

3. They Dissolve in the Rain

4. Mothballs Don’t Work

Mothballs may seem harmless enough, but they are actually regulated pesticides. Since they come in solid form, most folks don’t think of them that way. However, over time, the mothballs break down into gas and release the pesticide chemicals into the air.

Mothballs are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and using them in any way not intended is actually illegal. Labels on mothballs do not allow for animal repellent.

Mothballs don’t work particularly well, either. They don’t get rid of mice and they don’t really deter moths from eating your woolen goods.

There are some reasons for this.

  • Mothballs don’t contain high enough concentrations of naphthalene to actually deter pests. But any higher dosage would be even more dangerous in your home.

  • Many animals (and people) dislike the smell of mothballs, yet they don’t really keep the animals and insects away. Instead, they may annoy or harm animals, causing other issues.

  • In many cases, using mothballs to deal with rodents is also illegal. This means that not only don’t they work, but they also can get you in trouble.

You’re better off not bothering with mothballs at all. Instead, call an exterminator or find natural, safer means of pest control.

They should be placed in airtight containers and kept in closets, storage spaces, and other areas where moths go after your goods. They are not intended for outdoor use, open-air use, or other use in any way.


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