Do Mothballs Keep Mice Away

Have you ever asked yourself, "Do mothballs keep mice away?" It's a fair question, given that mothballs have a strong odor and are used to repel pests. To answer the question, you need to know a bit more about how mothballs are formed and used.

Mothballs Do Keep Mice Away-At A Price

Mothballs have long bee used to protect clothing from fabric-eating insects. The gas released by mothballs is toxic to moths and their larva. Mothballs also release a strong odor that some believe can be used to keep mice away. Here's the answer to the question:

  • What's in a ball? Mothballs are spherical or disk shaped objects made from a material containing a pest repellent. Although naphthalene and camphor were originally used, the hydrocarbon para-dichlorobenzene (pDCB) is the current key ingredient in mothballs. pDCB turns directly from a solid to gas. The gas has a very strong odor and is toxic to insects.
  • And the answer is… The strong odor released by mothballs is a successful repellent of snakes, rodents and silverfish. Mothballs are a very effective at driving mice out of a specific area.
  • Effective, but toxic. Although mothballs do keep mice away, they shouldn't be used in areas frequented by children or pets. Mothballs should also not be used in areas with poor ventilation, as high concentrations of pDCB can be harmful.
  • High traffic, low occupancy. If you'd like to use mothballs to keep mice at bay, limit their use to areas where you or your family don't spend much time. Attics, crawl spaces and unfinished basements are all appropriate places to put mice-repelling mothballs.
  • A fragrant alternative. If you'd like to create a strong odor that repels mice and is safe for you and your family, try soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil. The smell is equally effective at repelling mice, but peppermint oil is non-toxic in this application. Make sure to use 100% peppermint oil, as peppermint extract won't be as effective.
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