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Do both types of mothballs work?

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  1. ohbugger

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    Do both the type of mothballs work? I forget the different ingredients but there are two different kinds. Yes, I know it's off label - but after speaking to three different PCOs I know they do kill the little creeps.

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    Never heard they really work myself.

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    They both work according to what I have read, however, the newer ones (not the napthalene ones) once you put the item out in fresh air outside, the odor will disipate and go away, versus the old type, where you know, the odor hangs around forever. I believe things need to be sealed for a minimum of several weeks and in small quanities of stuff with several packets.
    You might want to go over to Bed Bug Central and work your way through some of the videos that Jeff White a research entomologist has put together over at Bed Bug TV.
    He is a very nice, and very informative fellow. http://tv.bedbugcentral.com/
    Perhaps you will find something there, if not, do a search here for mothballs for more info on how. I bought the new kind and never ended up using them, but my plan was to put a small electrronic, 3 or 4 bags of moth balls, and seal in a trash bag, then place in a plastic storage bin, seal with tape, and stick it outside for a few months...lol
    I hope you find the info that you are looking for.

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    ohbugger - 1 day ago  » 
    Do both the type of mothballs work?

    While we're on the topic, I recently did some "mothballing" and used the 5 gallon orange "Homer Buckets" available at Home Depot for about $4. (Can't say if they kill BBs, as I didn't find any dead ones. They do kill moths, though.) They seal solidly enough so that I couldn't detect the odor of naphthalene ("old fashioned" mothballs) when the canisters were shut. If you use these in a BB situation, note that the containers do have some nooks are ridges where BBs could potentially hide or harbor.

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