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          I'M NOT MARTHA - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Hi! I'm Lizzy!!  and I'm not Martha!!!

* Should moth balls ever be used inside a sweeper bag. I 
clean for a person that does I'm not sure why but think 
it's because she has a dog in the house. The fumes are 
terrible everytime I run the sweeper.  

Are they harmful? I get a headache and my nose hurts. Isn't 
there a better thig she could for odor like maybe good old 
baking soda?  

Please help or she may need a new cleaning person.

I hit the Internet and all my books for the answer for you 
plus VERY important recent info on mothballs.  I can't take 
the smell at all. But then I've told you many times I think 
I could have been a nose in Grasse!  I can smell anything 
a mile away.  I am so sensitive. Mothballs are way off my 
chart. I use fresh rosemary in cheesecloth bags in my off-
season woolens.

So the fast answer is mothballs are considered a pesticide 
and should be disposed of at a licensed hazardous waste 

Avoid inhaling the fumes of mothballs. NO mothballs in thee 
sweeper bag...end stop!

Which brings me to a warning every parent should know....

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Some teenagers are using mothballs to get high, a trend that 
may be underreported, researchers say.

Reuters reported July 27 that users place mothballs, which 
contain paradichlorobenzene, in a bag and inhale from it for 
about 10 minutes. Some users also chew mothballs. The term 
"BAGGING" has been used to describe the habit.

Mental impairment, loss of coordination, and scaly skin may 
be symptoms of mothball abuse. Paradichlorobenzene, also 
found in air fresheners and insect repellents, can cause 
anemia and liver and kidney failure.

One French teen found sniffing mothball fumes took six months 
to recover; a twin sister took three months. Researchers 
noted that only three such cases have been reported but said 
the habit may be more widespread.

The report appears in the July 27, 2006 issue of the New 
England Journal of Medicine.


* Try to determine whether a person or pet has been in contact 
with mothballs. If you suspect that a child or pet has eaten 
mothballs, do not wait for symptoms. Seek medical help 

* Watch for signs of eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, 
respiratory problems, vertigo, confusion, headache, nausea, 
vomiting and/or fatigue.

* Look for convulsions within an hour of when mothballs are 

* Investigate any liver or kidney problems, or be suspicious 
if hemolytic anemia develops.

* Keep in mind that long-term exposure to mothball vapors 
can cause adverse effects. If an elderly person or her house 
reeks of mothballs, warn her of the risks of mothball 

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* Mothballs contain naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene - 
naphthalene is the most dangerous.

* Store mothballs in a well-ventilated area away from 
children and pets.

* Do not store baby clothes in mothballs. The naphthalene 
can be absorbed through the skin when the child is dressed 
in the clothes.

* Signs of mothball poisoning in the elderly may be mis-
taken for dementia.

* Mothballs are hazardous waste and should be disposed of 
at a licensed hazardous waste facility.

* Do not handle mothballs with your bare hands. Always wear 

* Mothball ingestion or repeated exposure to fumes can be 

HOWEVER..mothballs have an interesting use.  This is from 
reader Marcella White of Edmonton, Kentucky

I worked as a rural mail carrier in Florida for many years. 
I often dreaded what I might find each time I opened the 
mailbox — wasps, spiders, scorpions and frogs were the most 
common occupants. One of my customers kept a small glass 
jar of mothballs in her mailbox, with holes in the lid so 
the fumes could escape. There were never any insects or 
other creatures in her mailbox.

Now I live in Kentucky and have a small well house where 
various spiders and a copperhead snake had taken up 
residence. I remembered the mothballs! So, early each 
spring, I put new mothballs in the glass jar, and there 
are no pump-house occupants at all.

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There you have it.  Mothballs aren't in my house, but if you 
use them in yours BE CAREFUL!!!


Questions...Comments...? email Lizzy


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