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The neighbors have scattered mothballs on their lawn. Is there some horticultural benefit to this practice, or are they insane?

Every time I go outside, it smells like I'm stepping into an old lady's closet. And I keep singing "mothballs on my lawn" to the tune of this. My dwellin' is swellin', friends.

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I think this is an anti-wildlife thing - we used to use mothballs to keep the deer out of the tulips, till we discovered soap on a stick worked better (Irish spring to be exact). Maybe your neighbors think it will work for squirrels, or dogs, or possibly the giant rat of Sumatra.

elavil @ 03/08/2004 08:25 PM CST


Keeps the skunks from digging up the lawn for grubs.

Signed,

Suburban Feudal Lord

Hi, Poor, poor Jim!

Ric L. @ 03/09/2004 01:30 PM CST


Mothballs keeps the skunks from rooting up the lawn looking for grubs.

Signed,

Suburban Feudal Lord

Ric L. @ 03/09/2004 01:33 PM CST


Hi, Ric! Don't know why you feel the need to post twice. Perhaps you're worried about being overlooked. That's okay, we still loves ya.

jima @ 03/09/2004 01:38 PM CST


Perhaps I should scatter mothballs on my blog to keep Ric from double-posting.

But seriously, nice to see you again, sir.

amyc @ 03/10/2004 06:07 AM CST


Maybe they're afraid of Mothra?

Bary @ 03/10/2004 07:52 AM CST


there's also a belief, mythical at best, that it discourages moles. nothing discourages moles except a stake thru the heart. but who can stand to do that?

mary ellen @ 03/10/2004 06:02 PM CST


the mothballs will keep all animals out-it is very short term---even shorter if it rains---How many skunks can one person have? Most likely your neighbor is tired of stepping in dog poop.

sheryl @ 03/15/2004 01:33 AM CST


the mothballs will keep all animals out-it is very short term---even shorter if it rains---How many skunks can one person have? Most likely your neighbor is tired of stepping in dog poop.

sheryl @ 03/15/2004 01:33 AM CST


The mole myth is indeed that --- it doesn't kill or defray their damage, it only keeps their little fur coats nice and fresh and mothbally-smelling.

Mothballs were also once thought to discourage stray dogs & cats from digging-up the flower beds, but 'twas for nought. Cayenne pepper, diluted in vinegar & sprayed on the bedding --- THAT works.

As for moles --- get one really sadistic cat. At my present address, just in the past three months, my girl cat has depleted the mole population by at least half. She never eats them, just presents them as tribute. Charming, eh?

Rantress was here. Kilroy went home.

Joanna @ 03/21/2004 08:24 PM CST


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