Neighbors unhappy about mothball-covered driveway


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#2

Paradichlorobenzene is a pretty horrible carcinogen and toxin. Mothballs are rarely a good idea for any purpose whatsoever, although I’ve seen a clever trick for controlling lyme’s disease that uses it.


#3

To be fair, I’m pretty tired of inconsiderate neighbors letting their dogs crap in my yard too. I think this solution is a bit worse however.


#4

As I recall, paradichlorobenzene melts at 53C - a blowtorch applied to the driveway might make for a slick result, and a smoother surface would emit less of that lovely chemical stench.
Of course, sweaters are in less danger in that neighbourhood than in most!


#5

But…she put them on the driveway, so doesn’t that sort of defeat her plan?


#6

I’m trying to think of the last stink so serious as to offend the noses of one of our dogs and I’m drawing a blank. One might think her alpha dog marking of her turf would just be interpreted by the local canines as some sort of challenge, a top turd throw down, as it were. Or was she just trying to sufficiently offend the animals at the other end of the leash?


#7

Things to add to your driveway to stop dogs shitting on it:
1: a gate
2: a sentry gun hosepipe*

*this is a thing, i remember seeing a vid of one built for exactly this purpose, but the problem was cats (harder to lock out of yards, cats). It was on Hackaday, I think


#8

This might be of interest:

Review: could Fibromyalgia cause Paradichlorobenzene?


#9

That was deeply weird. Broken API?


#10

I strongly suspect that the site is designed to sell ads to hypochondriacs and this is simply an edge case, along the lines of the Keep calm and do unspeakable things t shirt fiasco.


#11

OK, but I didn’t want any of the actual t-shirts that advocated specific unspeakable actions, but now I really really want one that literally says “keep calm and do unspeakable things”, dammit.


#12

Perhaps with an elder sign or a cthulhu in place of the crown?


#13

Florida - I live in Tallahassee and all of this is incomprehensible to us all.
Florida woman, Florida man; they’re our neighbors!


#14

I’ve got one say’s ‘gan radge and eat cowies*’
*ecstasy


#15

Like antifreeze, moth balls have a sweet taste. Tempting for many animals and children. Definitely a health hazard scattered on a driveway


#16

The alternative is naphthalene. Who knows which ones they are. Naphthalene is cool as it can double as a scintillator, if you get a photomultiplier to deposit it onto; voila, mothball radiation sensor! And it doesn’t even smell that bad.


#17

Finely ground hot pepper usually does the trick without chemically maming the neighbor kids and no dog or cat is likely to try a second time.


#18

OR this:

Bonus, it works against those noisy neighborhood kids as well!


#19

If the neighbor kids are immune to the effects of inhaling cayenne they aren’t human. (Trust me on this, do not attempt at home.)


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