Moth Balls and Bear

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  1. Econ

    Econ Well-Known Member

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    In the South, mothballs are used as a "do not cross line" for rattlesnakes. Is the smell so powerful it will overpower the smell of food in bear country?
     
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    May be, but then again i wouldn't want them coming over to see what the weird smell is. So i wouldn't do it. I have found that moth balls do little to deter animals. And those are the small type, racoons, squirrels, etc.
     
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    Sweetpea Active Member

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    And they're bad for the environment, at least that's what I heard.
     
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    Think I'd rather deal with the bears, than the moth ball smell.
     
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    Moth balls seem to me they would be like Mento's for Mr Grizz.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I'm with WrkrBee I'd rather deal with bear than the gosh awful smell of mothballs. Besides as long as you keep a clean campsite and keep food in the car or bearbox they usually don't stick around for long. At least my experience.
     
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    neighbormike Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Never knew moths had balls... must be tiny! If they smell that bad I sure wouldn’t put them anywhere near food! [:)C]
     
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    They have to reproduce some way. And kind of like Bigfoot, you can smell them, before you see them.
     
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    Actually moth balls come in different sizes depending on the species. They are not tiny at all. When the larvae hatch as moths they have those big sacks we refer to as balls. At approximately the same time their wings dry out and the torso becomes firm the balls becomes detached. That is when they are harvested as deterrents. I used to work at a moth ball farm until the smell overcame me. All my clothes always had holes in them. It was a hard job.
     
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