Mothballs are small balls of chemical pesticide and deodorant, sometimes used when storing clothing and other articles susceptible to damage from mold or moth larvae (especially clothes moths like Tineola bisselliella).
Similarly, it is asked, is it safe to have mothballs in the house?
' and the answer to this question is yes, potentially. According to the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), the chemicals use in mothballs can be toxic to humans and pets and as people are exposed to these chemicals that are released as toxic fumes in the air space of the home.
Secondly, are mothballs necessary?
Mothballs have been used for generations to prevent infestations of moths and insects in stored clothing. Using mothballs outside can harm children, pets, and other animals if ingested. If mothballs are used outdoors they can also contaminate soil, plants, and groundwater with toxic chemicals.
Why are moth balls banned?
The traditional active ingredient for mothballs was Naphthalene but due to serious concerns over its safety it has been prohibited for use in pesticides since 2008. This ban applies across all countries in the European Union so it is illegal to supply Naphthalene mothballs in the UK.
Are mothballs illegal to use outside?
Mothballs are pesticides intended to kill clothes moths and other fabric pests. They are regulated in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency. Using mothballs in a way not specified by the label is not only illegal, but can harm people, pets or the environment.