Nearly all of us can recall being exposed to the horrible smell of moth balls at some point in our lives. Rather than just being an unpleasant smell, however, there are some nasty truths about the damage that can be caused to humans and animals from exposure to the chemical Naphthelene that was used in them. In 2008 this lead to Europe banning the use of Naphthelene as a pest control method.
However, the new substance being used in the same way, Transfluthrin, is none too pleasant either. To be effective, moth balls are designed to be opened in a sealed container holding the clothes you wish to fumigate. Used in this way, the ingredients are not harmful, as we do not inhale or come in contact with the gasses which are released. However, if the packaging is opened outside of a sealed container, or clothes are not aired before wearing, this is when humans and animals can become harmed by the fumes released.
Inhalation of or skin contact with Transfluthrin is known to cause nervousness, anxiety, convulsions and skin allergies.
Safe, natural alternatives
You’ll be pleased to know that there are harmless alternatives to moth balls! And as always, prevention is always better than a cure.
There are many natural substances that act as moth repellants. We use a blend of eight natural scents in our products to help protect your clothes from moths. These are fragrances that have been used for centuries as trusted ways to repel these common house pests. Our tried and tested method of combining our moth box with natural moth repellants is a safe, easy to use and risk free alternative to moth balls.
Remember skin cells, hair or food particles and body odour are all smells that attract moths. For this reason, laundering clothes before storing or putting them back in wardrobes or drawers will also help reduce the risk of infestation.
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