Growing up, your grandparents probably swore by mothballs and their effectiveness at getting rid of pests. While this may be true for moths, silverfish, and other fabric-eating insects, it is not true of nuisance pests like rodents.
What is a Mothball?
Mothballs are made up of almost 100% active ingredients like naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. In other words, they are chunks of a chemical pesticide in its solid state. When the balls are exposed to air, the chemical begins to slowly release into a toxic gas that kills or deters insects. When the solid state is ingested, the chemicals make it hard for cells to absorb oxygen. Because of this, it has been rumored to have substantial effects on rodents such as rats and mice.
Illegal and Ineffective
Unfortunately, because mothballs are pesticides, they are regulated and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. On the label of any pesticide product like this, you’ll see the legal uses of the product. Any attempt to use them in a way that is not on the label is illegal and can harm those around them as well as the environment. Not to mention, there have been studies done on the ability of mothballs for rodents that have proven them unsuccessful.
If you pay attention to the label, mothballs also have a space limit. To use them correctly, they must be placed in sealed containers to allow for the fumes to build up. When they are not given this chance, the gas dissipates quickly, and they are rendered useless.
How to Deal With Rodents
If you’re looking for some help dealing with a rodent problem, your best option is to reach out to a professional. Rodents all have different behavior patterns and, as such, require different methods of removal. Calling the rodent removal professionals at Critter Control® means you’ll have a skilled rodent removal technician using effective and humane methods to get rid of your problem fast. Call us today for a fast, free estimate and to schedule your initial consultation.