I’m sure that not everyone knows what mothballs are. I do… I grew up having a constant supply of mothballs around the house. We put them in closets, boxes and other storages and replenish after a few months. I thought all along that we use them just to keep the clothes smelling good. Little did I know that it’s actually used to protect the clothes from mold or moth larvae, hence the name (duuuhhh). Helllooooo…. can’t totally blame me for that. After all, we never call it as such but rather, “alkampor” or naphthalene balls.
So, what are mothballs? These are small balls of inexpensive chemical pesticide and deodorant made of either naphthalene or camphor (so this is where the word alkampor came from, which is actually the Spanish word el camphor).
Where else can we use them? They can be used as snake repellent and to keep away mice, squirrels, raccoons, possums, bats, plant bugs and maggots. While vacuuming, it can be added to a vacuum bag to kill carpet fleas.
These balls are toxic and hence, can’t be left lying around in easy access of children and pets. If inhaled in excess, it can cause headaches, nausea, diarrhea, etc. Concerned about health hazards? Use dryer sheets or cedar chips with essential oils in the closets instead. As for our friendly critters outdoor, mothballs will still be helpful. Just be cautious and handle with utmost care….