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Naphthalene

General Information

  • Fact Sheets: Naphthalene.pdf, Mothballs.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
  • Uses: Indoor moth, squirrel, and bat repellant, outdoor repelant of animals such as snakes and rabbits
  • Alternatives: Least-toxic moth control
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Yes (21)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Yes (14)
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (24)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (7)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Yes (29)
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Not documented
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information