Gardening Ideas forum: Moth Balls for Deer Repellant

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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Sep 14, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Having exhausted all of the usual methods of keeping deer away from our hosta, we decided to try something new this year... mothballs!

They last longer that the spray-on/shake-on repellents and don't wash away with the rain.

Granted, your yard smells like a storage closet, but it's better than a dead animal or rotten eggs.

Plus, you can get a 4 ounce package at the dollar store for... you guessed it... $1.00 !

So far this year, we haven't lost a single hosta to deer. And for those familiar with our landscaping, we have several hundred hosta spread around.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Sep 14, 2017 5:12 PM CST
I would not recommend using mothballs in any yard where dogs or cats may live. If our pets ingest mothballs they could become extremely ill. Perhaps place the mothballs in organza bags and tie them above the reach of the family pets. Thumbs up

Dollar stores sell organza bags in several colors and, yes, they also cost only a dollar. Thumbs up
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Sep 14, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Please do not do this. Moth balls are so toxic that they are illegal to use in this manner or in any way at all out of doors.

Please see
for specifics.
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Name: Deb
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Sep 14, 2017 8:19 PM CST
Which makes one wonder why they might be 'safe' indoors. To repel moths in your clothing, try cedar or southernwood sprigs - both smell lovely and are non-toxic.
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