Case Study

Mothball Odors Exterminated with Ecosorb

Odor Challenge

Odor Medic, LLC, is an odor elimination business faced with an interesting customer issue: individuals who use mothballs as an ineffective deterrent for squirrels and other rodents in residential attic spaces. Mothballs are primarily composed of Naphthalene and 1,4 dichlorobenzene, two compounds that are known to produce a pungent odor that can cause allergic reactions, irritations, and discomfort in the residents who improperly use them in an attempt to rid their attics of rodents.


In these situations, the first step is to remove the source of the odor: all mothballs in an attic space must be properly disposed of before any treatment can be applied. To deliver product effectively and efficiently throughout the attic area, Ecosorb 610 is loaded into a power sprayer and applied to most surfaces – including the attic-side of the ceiling – until they are wet.

Enough Ecosorb 610 solution must be applied to neutralize the gas in the various surfaces. In some cases, depending on contamination, it is also necessary to assess lower levels of the residence, starting with the level closest to the treated area.


At a home in Pittsburgh, a man added mothballs in his attic to drive out squirrels. The odor spread throughout the house, and his wife – sensitive to the smell – planned to temporarily relocate until the issue could be solved.

Odor Medic experts sprayed Ecosorb 610 and were able to eliminate the mothball odors from the house in only four days. Odor Medic experts have had success using Ecosorb 610 on many other applications, as well, including in vehicles, on clothes, in furnace ducts, and in old furniture.

According to Dave Polley, president of Odor Medic LLC, “Ecosorb 610 is the only product we have found that permanently eliminates this offensive and unhealthy odor.”

Odors Controlled:
  • Mothball odors (Naphthalene and 1,4 dichlorobenzene)
Products Used:
  • Ecosorb 610

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