×
x

Do Moth Balls Get Rid of Squirrels From the Attic?

Moth balls, made of naphthalene, do work to remove squirrels from an attic, but only for a short while. The smell of moth balls quickly fades, and the squirrels come back.

Squirrel ready to climb a stair.

Moth balls, made of naphthalene, do work to remove squirrels from an attic, but only for a short while.  The smell of moth balls quickly fades, and the squirrels come back.


Function

Attic of a home.

Moth balls should be placed in the attic in order to chase squirrels away.  When they are gone, any holes in the attic must be repaired and any food the squirrels were eating must be removed or the squirrels will return.


Warning

Keep animals away from moth balls.

Moth balls are highly poisonous to people and pets.  Anyone with small children, dogs or cats should not use moth balls as a squirrel repellent.


Alternative

Use spray as an alternative to moth balls.

There are far more potent and less hazardous squirrel repellents than moth balls.  These include rags soaked in ammonia or human urine or spraying the attic with pine-scented cleaner diluted in a gallon of water.

About the Author

Rena Sherwood is a writer and Peter Gabriel fan who has lived in America and England. She has studied animals most of her life through direct observation and maintaining a personal library about pets. She has earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in English from Millersville University.

Photo Credits

  • Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images
  • Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images
  • Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
  • Janie Airey/Digital Vision/Getty Images
  • Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images