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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    If you have any Eucalyptus trees around where you live, the 'nuts' on these repel bugs and they smell like Halls Mentolyptus =)

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Try Fresh leaves,also any of The Sprays made from natural products.
    Incidently talking about Eucalyptus,the best oil comes from The Tree we call The Peppermint,one of The Eucalypt Species.

    [QUOTE=mudbug;370194]it's the reason they make ceder bottoms on older clothes drawers.

    Most of the Real Old Chest of Drawers made over here in the late 1800s early 1900s were all Cedar,they cut it down & used it for Lining,Skirting & Floor Boards,Picture Railing, Frames,Coffins,Jewellry Boxes,Beds,Tables,Dressing Tables & heaps of other uses now its scarce & only found in patches.
    Last edited by Liphookedau; 01-04-2012 at 08:44 AM.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Cedarcide is a safer option to use and it smells real nice. Made form Red Texas Cedar Oil.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Not to get into a Texas vs. AnyOtherPartOfTheWorld argument... but the origin of REAL Red Cedar is Tennessee =)

    And it was "Tennessee Incense Cedar" that was used in cedar hope chests from the 1930s- the ones that Lane made that protected fabric and paper from insect damage forever. There are other sources of half and quarter-sawn incense cedar (Oregon is one) but nothing tops the stuff from Tennessee.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Quote Originally Posted by stimmy7 View Post
    Not to get into a Texas vs. AnyOtherPartOfTheWorld argument... but the origin of REAL Red Cedar is Tennessee =)
    Where ever it comes from I like the smell

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    We didn't have much Red Cedar in the early days it mostly came from The USA & Canada although we had heaps of White Cedar.
    We still get a lot of what we call "Western Red Cedar" Building Boards which comes from the West Coast of The USA,probably from Oregon,possibly Idaho,Wyoming ??

  7. Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Up here in the northeast we have lots of white cedar and patches
    of red cedar. honestly i understand why bugs hate it. I cant stand
    It myself. I leave the mothballs in their sealed boxes. Thats still
    more than effective enough for me. And they will last nearly indefinitely.
    i have boxes that are more than 15 years old that still feel nearly as
    heavy as when i got them.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    I had forgotten all about this but one of the fly shops I used to frequent took "Shell No-Pest Strips" and cut them into 2" pieces and placed those in open bins of bulk materials they sold... never had a bug problem.

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Shell no pest strips have been withdrawn in the USA because they were toxic to humans. They probably won't harm you in small quantities but I do get concerned if you lick your fingers after touching the tying materials. Here is data on the active ingredient in the Shell No Pest Strip and the strips themselves

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichlorvos"]Dichlorvos - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    http://www.nps.gov/museum/publicatio...gram/02-04.pdf
    Regards,

    Silver



    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

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    Default Re: Alternative to Mothballs ???

    Quote Originally Posted by lancer09 View Post
    Maybe it's just me, but i've been tying for ten years and have never had a bug problem. Granted I think it's just a matter of time.
    Same here and if you say how I let my cleaning and dusting go sometimes, if anyone was going to. In Fact I'm doing some cleaning today. When the dust bunnies were replaced by dust Mastadons.....

    I'm sure part of it is I keep most of it up on the wall on hangers in plastic bags.

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