For most people, mothballs are used in the closet and in cabinets or drawers to keep clothes from being eaten by small insects. Some people, however, claim that mothballs may be used to keep snake away. If you want to try mothballs as a type of snake repellant, here are some steps that you need to follow.
- Know the dangers. First of all, you should be fully aware of the toxic components of mothballs. Mothballs are usually called naphthalene balls, because the primary ingredient is naphthalene. Apart from naphthalene, another toxic ingredient in mothballs is paradichlorobenzene. Both of these ingredients are toxic for both animals and humans. Because of this, you need to make sure that you weigh the pros and cons of using mothballs as a type of snake repellant. If you fear for your kids or small animals that live in your house, you may want to consider other ways of repelling snakes.
- Choose the location. Next, choose the spots in your house where you will place the mothballs. If you use the mothballs against snakes, the best place to put the mothballs is in the yard and in your garden. Take a small flat container, such as the lid on old jars, and place three or four mothballs that have been ground. Snakes will not really eat the mothballs, and it is the smell that keeps the snakes away, which is why the mothballs work best when crushed. Putting the mothballs on a dish or a flat container ensures that the mothballs don’t get absorbed into the soil.
- Check the mothballs. Every week or so, be sure to check back on the mothballs. When moth balls are crushed, they will dissipate into the air quicker and will need replacement after every couple of weeks.
- Keep away from pets. If you have small pets that are allowed to roam around the yard, such as cats and dogs, make sure that you keep them indoors while you are using mothballs to repel snakes. Dogs and cats may play with the mothballs, which can get stuck on their fur. When the cats and dogs lick themselves clean, they may ingest the mothballs. And some pets may even lick and eat the crushed mothballs.
- Inform your children. If you have small children, inform them about the mothballs that are scattered in the yard and tell them about the harmful effects of the mothballs as a warning. If you have very young children who may not be old enough to understand, make sure that you do not allow them to roam the yard unsupervised.
- Clean your yard. Finally, be sure to clean your yard every couple of weeks. A clean yard will repel snakes naturally, because snakes thrive in tall grassy areas with plenty of old, rotting wood where they can build their nests. If you trim your lawn and keep the yard clean, most snakes will naturally search for other hiding grounds.
With these steps in mind, you should be able to prevent snakes from living in your yard through the use of mothballs.