Naphthalene moth balls have been banned in Europe since 2008, not surprisingly since their properties include being toxic, carcinogenic and highly flammable!
Naphthalene is derived from coal tar or petroleum and was the traditional or old fashioned main deterrent in mothballs for many decades. However, the adverse impacts on children and pets in particular make them unsafe for use around the home. They can cause breathing difficulties in adults as well, particularly in poorly ventilated areas.
are the natural alternative if the ‘ball’ shape is preferred. However, cedar products will only repel moths from entering storage space - they will not kill eggs or moth larvae! If you would prefer to kill moths, larvae and eggs you could consider positioning Rentokil Clothes Moth Killer Cassettes and/or Moth Killer Papers; powerful, safe for home use and very cost effective with a 6 month life once activated.
Naphthalene moth balls were used as a deterrent to keep moths away from clothes – the shape is not important, but the deterrent properties are to prevent damage to clothes and textiles by moth larvae. At MothPrevention.com we have two alternative ranges that provide effect deterrent properties, the which contains pesticides and the range with a variety of fragrances depending on your preference. Lastly, cedar wood is a popular alternative to old fashioned naphthalene moth balls and has been used for centuries as a traditional furniture lining material to deter moths – we have a full range to replicate this deterrent effect.