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Marcia1114 March 23rd, 2013 09:46 AM

Moth ball fumes
I want to put a pet door in my back door. I am concerned about other little critters coming into the house, specifically skunks. I am heard that placing moth balls around your yard will deter the skunks. I would put the moth balls in a coffee can with small holes punched in the lid. My concern is whether, outside in the open, if the fumes from the moth balls will harm my dog and cats.

marko March 23rd, 2013 10:38 AM

Both fumes and EATING mothballs ...not good - Toxic - I'd advise against it.

marko March 23rd, 2013 10:42 AM

also - the smell of mothballs drives humans crazy.
I had a neighbour that left them outside to keep ants away from her door...the smell was so bothersome that I almost went insane. Or maybe I did go insane...I can never remember. :clown:

Barkingdog March 23rd, 2013 12:17 PM

According to this web site is illegal to use moth balls outside


I agree with Marko that the smell is very sicken and toxic. Mothballs where in the gas chambers so this should give you an idea just how toxic they're. Your pets may think they're tiny balls to play with .

Reg March 23rd, 2013 02:47 PM

I am glad you brought up the subject about using mothballs outside. It was a practice that we used from time to time when we breached beaver dams many years ago, and due to the location and time year would be determined the amount of success. We found it only to be temporary matter of few days a week at best.

You might be wise to contemplate putting in a pet door with an electric locking device which is tripped by the pets collar. This would alleviate any of the neighbor's pets or wildlife entering your home.

In regards to the mothballs, they are a class of pesticide and depending where you are they could come under federal or municipal laws and/or state or provincial law so it's worth checking into to see where you stand. I'm enclosing the excerpt from a website showing some of the side effects of using mothballs outside.

"The bottom line is if you choose to use mothballs use them responsibly. Donít use them as air fresheners or home remedies. Store and use them properly in the house. Never use them outside to deter snakes, skunks, rabbits or other wildlife. It will not deter them but cause a slow, inhumane death by damage to their liver, kidneys, a breakdown of red blood cells and brain swelling. It can also affect our four legged family members."

Here's the website that the abstract was taken from


As I mentioned I am glad you brought the subject up. I hear other people in the area talking about using mothballs in this fashion. At least now I'll be more informed and be able to warn them of the hazards of mothballs.

Etown_Chick March 28th, 2013 11:44 PM

If that's what it does to animals, imagine what it does to humans.
I used to have an old neighbor who used them to keep feral cats away. Stunk up the whole neighborhood. Nauseating at best.
\Knowing what I know now, if someone did that near me again, I'd call the city if they refused to remove them

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