Wool, cashmere and fur can be targets for insects like clothes moths and carpet beetles. There are two types of moths - case bearing clothes moths and webbing clothes moths - and two types of carpet beetles - black carpet beetles and common carpet beetles. Fortunately, both clothes destroyers can be controlled with paradichlorobenzene; more commonly called moth balls. The paradichlorobenzene is used today rather than napthelene which is highly flammable. The Fuller Brush Company offers a scented moth block with an attractive hang-up case that can be used in closets and storage containers.
Fuller Scented Moth Block
The Fuller Scented Moth Block is a two-part system. The block is a 12-ounce disc about five inches in diameter that contains paradichlorobenzene, fragrance and waxy ingredients that form a solid, hard shape. The disc has a center hole, like a doughnut, and is placed in a six-inch-wide hinged hard plastic case. There is a bit more information available on the product on The Fuller Institute site.
The moth block case is white with a graphic starburst design on each side as well as triangular vent holes. It features a sturdy wire hanger for easy attachment to a closet rod. The plastic case keeps the moth block which can cause staining from coming in direct contact with garments.
The moth block should be used in clean, air-tight container like chests and trunks, garment bags and storage closets. It should not be used in plastic bags like dry cleaning bags or garbage bags or in closets that allow vapors to escape into occupied rooms. The blocks should not be used in addition to other pesticides.
Before using the moth block, the clothing should be dry cleaned, washed or brushed before storing. For best protection, use one block for every 30 cubic feet. For larger closets, multiply the height, width and depth of the space and divide by 30 to determine the number of blocks needed. Keep the product in the air-tight space for a minimum of seven days. The odor will dissipate when the treated articles are aired. Since moths are active year-round, replenish air-tight containers, bags or closets at least two times per year.
The Fuller Brush Company
The Fuller Brush Company was founded in 1906 by Alfred C. Fuller. For decades, the Fuller Brush Man was a welcome visitor to home in both urban and rural areas of the United States. Housewives could buy personal care products like hair brushes, cleaning tools and products that were designed to work, crafted to last and fully guaranteed.
Fuller Brands develops, manufactures and markets over 2,700 branded and private label products for commercial cleaning, household cleaning and personal care. Fuller Brands' three business units also sell these products across North America and internationally through distributors and service providers, catalogs, direct response television, private label arrangements, and direct marketing partners.
Paradichlorobenzene can cause substantial but temporary eye injury. It is harmful if swallowed or absorbed through the skin and can cause irritation. When handling, wear eye protection and avoid contact with skin by wearing gloves. Wash any contaminated clothing before wearing again. Wash hands with soap and water after handling.
For eye irritation, hold the eye open and rinse slowly with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye.
If on skin or clothing, take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with plenty of soap and water for 15-20 minutes.
If swallowed, call a poison control center or doctor immediately. Have the person sip a glass of water if possible. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by the poison control center or doctor. Call 911 if person is unconscious or choking.
If inhaled, move person to fresh air. If breathing is labored, call 911 immediately.
To dispose of moth block, if outer container is empty place in trash. If the container is partly filled, call your local solid waste agency for disposal instructions. Never place unused product down any indoor or outdoor drain.
Laundry Guide Recommendation
The Fuller Scented Moth Block is the best "moth ball" distribution system I have ever seen. The solid disc is easy to install in the hard plastic case with minimal handling. The outer case is attractive and simple to open and close. The built-in hanger is perfect for keeping the product away from clothes. I never liked the idea of putting moth balls in pockets of a coat or in a bowl on the closet floor.
I found the block to be very effective in protecting woolen garments that I store in sealed hard plastic containers. This is a good product to add to your clothing storage system.
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