Asked by: Eli Nesbit
asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th May, 2020

Why does my yard smell like mothballs?

Lingering Odors
Mothballs are made of naphthalene, a chemical that evaporates quickly and leaves a strong odor behind. If used for long periods or in poorly-ventilated spaces, the odor of dissipated naphthalene can remain long after the mothballs have been removed.

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Likewise, what does it mean when you smell mothballs?

Mothball breath may be caused by bacteria in the mouth. These sulphur-producing bacteria thrive on food particles and sloughed mouth cells. As they digest these food items they produce volatile sulphur compounds (VSCs) which can smell like mothballs. This can cause the breath to smell like mothballs.

Furthermore, is it safe to put mothballs in the yard? Using mothballs in gardens also causes significant environmental problems. They usually contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene. Both of these chemicals are highly toxic and can get into the soil and groundwater. These mothball hazards may even harm the plants you are trying to protect.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what plant smells like mothballs?

Bangar nut tree. These flowers smell like mothballs.

How long does the smell of mothballs last outside?

Though the mothballs themselves will sublimate (turn into gas) over four to six weeks, the smell can linger for years on end if action isn't taken to remove it from the air, clothing, and furniture.

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