Removing "mothball" Odor from African skulls,horns just sent

Submitted by Doug Kerska on 01/19/2003. ( )

I have just recieved an African shipment and the mothball odor is so overpowering I cant possibly bring the skulls and horns in the house.Is there an Odor eliminating product that will handle this,
or better yet, Is there something I would already have around which would do a good job? A solvent perhaps? gasoline?

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The Sun does wonders

This response submitted by George on 01/19/2003. ( )

Just set them outside in the sun for a few days and the odor goes away. BUT, why the mothballs anyway. Was there meat or tidbits of tissue that might have attracted insects? Check closely. DON'T USE SOLVENTS. They will stain your skulls.

Be careful...

This response submitted by JimTucker on 01/20/2003. ( )

With foreign shipments. Sometimes they are LOADED with powdered insecticide. Best to unpack with gloves and a dust mask. On the other hand you probably will lose a lot of the smell unpacking and letting them air out a day or two.

you can

This response submitted by buzzi cook on 01/20/2003. ( )

boil them and that will remove all of the to hose them down with water first to remove as much surface residue as possible.

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