Rabbits & Mothballs????

tombug(5b N Central Ohio)June 14, 2012

I have a problem with our little friend the rabbit.

Just today one mowed down a 24" row of spinach to nothing.

I have been told that mothballs will keep them away.

Will this work?

Any problem with the mothball chemical going into the soil?

Or even being absorbed into plants with bad effects to the people that eat them?


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, there is a huge problem about using moth balls anywhere but where they are supposed to be used....closed up so that they don't poison anything but the insects they are supposed to. The fumes alone are highly toxic.

Moths balls are highly toxic to anything that may happen upon one by accident. Birds may be especially prone to poisoning because they may try to eat them. Vets report way too many accidental poisonings of dogs due to moth balls.

There are commercial repellents on the market; you can also erect a fence to keep the varmints away.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2012 at 11:24PM
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While there are many that advocate the use of Moth Balls to deter many critters in gardens keep in mind that the active ingrediants of moth balls are extremely toxic. Moth balls are meant to be used in a closed environment, not someplace where they can adversly affect human health. Naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene are both potential carcinogens in humans.
Moth balls have no place in the garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: About Moth Balls

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 7:08AM
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toxcrusadr Clay Soil(Zone 6a - MO)

Which makes one wonder why we put them in our HOUSE in the first place!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 2:59PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Well, mothballs are meant to be used in a sealed environment of some kind so that the fumes kill the larvae of moths or beetles. When they are used to repel all kinds of animals, people get sick. Scary, isn't it?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 11:34PM
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