Do mothballs harm dogs?


Parker Hill   |   Member since 2015  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Toxicity most commonly occurs when dogs ingest mothballs. Long-term exposure to mothball fumes can also harm pets and people. "Ingestion of naphthalene mothballs can cause anemia, lethargy, vomiting, and sometimes kidney or liver damage."

Moth balls contain a toxic chemical, either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Both become a gas when exposed to air and cause that pungent moth ball smell. These gases are irritating to the eyes and lungs and may cause headache, dizziness and nausea. They are both suspected of causing cancer.

Furthermore, can mothballs kill you? Composed of either naphthalene or para-dicholorbenzene, mothballs deter and kill insects. If you can smell mothballs, you are inhaling them and exposing yourself to their harmful effects. Mothball exposure can result in dizziness, headaches, nausea, disorientation, and difficulty breathing.

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Harry Page   |   Member since 2016  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Besides, what kind of animals do mothballs keep away?

Mothballs or moth crystals are not to be used in open areas where the vapors can be inhaled by people. There are commercial repellent products available that contain naphthalene and sulfur and that have labels that do allow their use to repel rodents, snakes, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, bats, woodpeckers, and others.


Harriet Fowler   |   Member since 2019  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What to use instead of mothballs?

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Ciara Thomson   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

Why do people use mothballs?

People use mothballs because moths have been known to eat through fabric in clothing and destroy the clothing items. They are used in an effort to stop the moth problem by killing or discouraging the moths from being in the area.


Jocelyn Hale   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Are mothballs safe to use in the house?

Common misunderstandings: Mothballs should not be placed in closets, attics, basements, storage chests or trunks, garment bags or other spaces other than in tightly closed containers as explained above. Gasses from the mothballs escape into the air and can cause respiratory problems.


Bart Weasley   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

Do mothballs repel cockroaches?

Mothballs repel cockroaches in addition to moths. Just like moths, cockroaches stay away from the smell, as they know it is poisonous. Do not include food, as mothballs are poisonous. You cannot use mothballs out in the open because the vapors are toxic to all living things.


Regina Rivers   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

Do mothballs get rid of mice?

It was believed that by placing mothballs near a mouse nest you will get rid of your rodent problem. The amount of naphthalene found in mothballs is a small. It's enough to deter moths and other insects, but for mice it's no problem. The levels of naphthalene needed to repel mice are the same needed for humans.


Liliana Stevens   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

Can I touch moth balls?

Naphthalene can also enter your body if you smoke, eat mothballs , or drink water containing it. If you touch mothballs , naphthalene can enter your body.


Jayden Matthews   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

Do moth balls work?

In an airtight containers, the fumes released by mothballs accumulate and effectively work to kill adult clothes moths and moth larvaes. Mothballs are almost entirely (as in 99.99%) made up of one of two chemicals: naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene (also written as p-dichlorobenzene or PDCB).


Rocco Davies   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Will moth balls keep spiders away?

While spiders have benefits, you don't always want them around. Mothballs are known for their ability to kill moths , eggs and larvae, but they also do well to ward off mice, snakes and spiders . With mothballs in the appropriate location, you can keep spiders away for as long as six months.


Julius Maxwell   |   Member since 2010  |  ✔ Verified

Is it legal to put mothballs in your yard?

They are regulated in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency. The label of any pesticide, including mothballs , specifies exactly where and how you can legally use the product. Using mothballs in a way not specified by the label is not only illegal , but can harm people, pets or the environment.


Camden Clifton   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

Will moth balls kill grass?

Mothballs are also dangerous because they can be mistaken for candy or food and eaten by children or pets. Using mothballs outside to repel snakes or to keep animals out of gardens can harm children, pets, or other wildlife. Mothballs used outdoors can also harm the environment by contaminating soil, plants, and water.


Celina Johnson   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

Do mothballs repel bed bugs?

Mothballs or moth flakes placed on or around the bed do not repel or kill bed bugs . Rubbing alcohol will kill some bed bugs but only if sprayed directly on them; it is flammable and a fire hazard. Household spray cleaners and disinfectants do not kill bed bugs .


Adina Lewin   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

What are the benefits of mothballs?

Mothballs are pesticides that slowly release a gas vapor to kill and repel moths (and their larvae) and other insects. Mothballs are also used to repel snakes, mice, and other animals, though this use is not recommended and can be harmful to pets, children, and the environment.


Charlotte Woodcock   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

Do moth balls work to keep skunks away?

It may seem ironic, but skunks hate certain odors (as if they have room to judge). Citrus, ammonia, mothballs and predator urine (dog, coyote, etc) are three smells that can scare off skunks . If you use mothballs or ammonia-soaked cotton balls , be sure to keep them far away from children.


Sadie Wheeler   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

Do moth balls melt in rain?

Yes, mothballs sublimate, which is one cool aspect of them. You can toss them in an area and they don't melt and soak the surface, and yet they give off a strong smell that can drive pests away.


Felicity Ralph   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

What are moth balls made of?

Mothballs are a pesticide product that contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene as active ingredients. Both of these chemicals are toxic fumigants (which means they volatilize into the air) and must be present in high concentrations to be effective.


Jazmin Dwyer   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

How long does the smell of mothballs last?

When exposed to the elements, a mothball will generally last for between four and six weeks. However, the fumes can last much longer, allowing mothballs to effectively last for several years if in a properly sealed container.


Sage Freeburn   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

Do moth balls repel raccoons?

Moth Balls As a Raccoon Repellent . While many raccoon repellents are available, mothballs are not among them. This chemical pesticide, designed to deter and kill moths , is restricted from use against raccoons throughout the United States.


Lana Stone   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Do mothballs help get rid of fleas?

Many sources advise changing the vacuum cleaner bag after each use but a much less wasteful way to do it is to place one or two moth balls in the bag. Moth balls actually kill fleas and if you hate the smell or are afraid of them - worry not. Another very effective way to kill fleas in the home is steam cleaning.


Nicholas Quinn   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

Why do people put mothballs in the yard?

contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Both of these chemicals are highly toxic and can get into the soil and groundwater. These mothball hazards may even harm the plants you are trying to protect. Mothballs are insecticides that are controlled by the Environmental Protection Agency.


Chad Spencer   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

How do you use moth balls outside?

The fumes from mothballs kill clothes moths, their eggs and larvae that eat natural fibers in indoor storage areas, such as closets, attics and basements. Mothballs are not intended to be used outdoors . The active ingredients can contaminate water and soil, harm wildlife, and contribute to air pollution.


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