Mothballs in India ?

#1 Nov 7th, 2018, 16:25
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What is it about Indian hotel rooms that they need so many mothballs in them?

Nowadays it is rare indeed to encounter mothballs in the UK, but my Chennai hotel room, while a very nice room, had about a dozen mothballs hidden away in drawers, cupboards, under furniture. I even found two in the metal room safe!

I find the chemical smell very off putting, so have disposed of all that I found.

Are moths a big problem in India, do mothballs actually work or are they used as some cheap form of "air freshener"

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I thought the moth balls in the sink were to stop cockroaches climbing up the pipes from the sewers.
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In the damp and cold northern india, the mothballs were used to put away winter clothes in the cupboard, or an iron sheet metal trunk.
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Indeed, and their smell mixed with woomark's wool sweaters still remind me of childhood, as they would anyone who grew up in north India circa 90s or earlier
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Are moths a big problem in India, do mothballs actually work or are they used as some cheap form of "air freshener"
Yes. That's why you even find them in toilets. India has not yet caught up with napthalene having been put on the these-things-are-actually-poisonous list

(Yes, they are used as cheap air freshener). Moths can be a problem, though I saw more clothes moths this summer in London than I have in a decade in India.

Jasmine and napthalene: the smell of an Indian woman

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An oft remembered odor although I have quietly thrown them away as diligently as my spouse installed them..
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Indeed, and their smell mixed with woomark's wool sweaters still remind me of childhood, as they would anyone who grew up in north India circa 90s or earlier
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Mothballs and Flit! We had some posts on Flit Guns recently.
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Camphor

Camphor (Karpoor) can be used as a natural insecticide. But camphor evaporates fast.

Yesterday I could see camphor billets are available in Big Bazar stores.
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Please don't show this to my wife..
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Ed - you can tell her it is highly inflammable. That should do the trick!
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Originally Posted by rajatchakraborty View Post Camphor (Karpoor) can be used as a natural insecticide. But camphor evaporates fast.

Yesterday I could see camphor billets are available in Big Bazar stores.
wow i need these! i live in kerala where every kind of insect thrives and use the mothballs to prevent cockroaches from eating my clothes away. i don't like them, not the smell nor that they are poisonous. but what to do only! i brought back a kilo of dried lavender flowers from turkey this summer. if they do the trick then it's out with the nasty smelling mothballs :-)
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Originally Posted by kmalik View Post Ed - you can tell her it is highly inflammable. That should do the trick!
damn, i just saw this.
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Camphor is poisonous!
Whenever we touch the naphthalene balls, mothballs, camphor, odonil or any other insect repellents including the liquid mosquito repellent cartridges we shall clean our hands with soap.
I use odonil boxes (inside cartridge wraps slightly torn) between the clothes layers/ woolens/ jackets/ blankets and few naphthalene balls in the corners of cupboards, inside the carpet roll when they are not in use (during rainy season). I have no kids at home.
When you have kids or inquisitive pets you shall take necessary precautions.
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but they use karpura (camphor in english) oil for ayurvedic massage here!
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It's poisonous if ingested in large quantities. The medicinal use, is either transdermal absorption (with an oil) or vapor inhalation. It's a component of Vicks Vaporub!


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