In addition to repelling insects such as moths and silverfish, mothballs are used as a stovepipe cleaner, snake repellent, and to keep away mice or other pests. Mothballs have also been used by some campers to keep bears away from their food or even their entire campsite.
The use of mothballs as a snake, mouse, or animal repellent is their easy access to children, pets, and beneficial animals.
Mothballs are highly toxic when ingested, causing serious illness or death. In addition to this, using a very large quantity of mothballs in a basement or a living space may cause serious respiratory problems in people living in the space.
Placing in gardens to keep insects away from the vegetables Placing around the perimeter of a home, garden or flower bed to keep snakes away Place mothballs in a container that, has a houseplant that is infested with insects, enclose in a plastic bag for 3 days and all of the insects will die. Place in a vacuum (even the bag less type) and it will kill any fleas that may be sucked up from the carpeting, Mothballs scattered around a shrub or bush that deer like to feed on will make the deer keep their distance. Keeping mothballs in the attic will keep the bats from trying to get in, make sure to keep the mothballs in boxes or hang them in netting. A few mothballs in boxes and hanging in bags in the attic will also keep silverfish from appearing, Do you live an area that has snakes, you will want to keep some mothballs handy because snakes won't go anyplace where there are mothballs, Squirrels also have a hatred for mothballs and will stay far away from any place where they are. It is also said that mothballs can be used for keeping silver from tarnishing. Simply store the silver in a plastic bag, add a mothball of two and the silver will stay shiny. Stray cats also won't spray your yard if they are put around perimeter. Just be aware that mothballs if inside need to be in airtight containers they are dangerous to humans and pets and are highly flammable!