Do mothballs or ammonia help repel opossums?
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Do mothballs or ammonia help repel opossums?

If you have an opossum, infestation chances are you are for anything that will get rid of them. You have tried a handful of the “guaranteed” gadgets that promise to keep opossums away, and they did not work. Now they are in your yard, your attic, and your walls. Everyone has their own suggestions on how to be rid of the pests. A group of well-meaning family members and neighbors has surely mentioned their favorite home remedies. We have heard them all from hanging tinsel to playing music to hanging Christmas lights. Some folks think talk radio will work because opossums hate human voices.



Two of the most popular “natural” repellents that DIYers swear by are mothballs and ammonia. These do not work- they just stink. Even more importantly, they can be dangerous to your family and pets. ! First, of all mothballs are made from several highly toxic chemicals, designed, as a bugs (moths) repellent naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene not only smell bad, they release poisonous gas as they dissolve. These properties are enhanced if the mothballs get hot. These gases will irritate the eyes, lungs, skin, and mucous membranes and are known to cause extreme headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Prolonged exposure to these pesticides can bring about such ailments as hemolytic anemia which is damage or destruction of your red blood cells. Studies that show DNA in children damaged because of these gases.

Ammonia is an excellent cleaning agent if used correctly, but it can also form a poisonous gas. Prolonged exposure to its fumes causes burning of the eyes, nose, and throat. It causes severe irritation of your respiratory tract and result in more serious conditions like blindness, lung damage, or even death. Why would you use anything like these deadly agents around your home or family? Consult a professional animal removal service. They know the way to handle your infestation the right way. They will work in a in a quick and expert manner that will not endanger you, harm the opossums, or contaminate your home.

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