If you have ever opened a closet or storage space and encountered a pungent and sour smell, it probably contained mothballs. While mothballs can help prevent bugs, rodents and mold from destroying your clothes, the mothball odor can be difficult to get rid of. To successfully remove the mothball odor, there are several tricks you can try.
Mothballs are small balls of chemical pesticides that are used to absorb liquid and keep moths, mice and other pests from eating clothes. They contain either paradichlorobenzene or naphthalene, which are both toxic chemicals. Mothballs release the chemicals in a gaseous form, causing the distinct mothball odor.
In addition to being unpleasant, the odor can be dangerous if inhaled for an extended period. Prolonged exposure can cause severe headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and other physical symptoms.
One mothball alone can take up to a whole year to dissipate, so removing the odor on your own can be challenging. Try these DIY tips to help get the odor under control:
The fastest and most effective way to remove mothball odor is to use professional services. At URI, we have heavy-duty filtration systems that will purify the air in your building and other specialized tools to quickly get the odor under control.
If you’re struggling to get rid of mothball odors, contact URI today and let us fix the problem for you. We have the skills, experience and resources to successfully remove the odor.