Due to their pungent aroma, camphor tablets are a common ingredient in many types of insect repellents and mothballs. The tablets are particularly effective against mosquitoes, flies, fleas and cockroaches. To repels ants and other insects, dissolve camphor tablets in water, and sprinkle the solution over bug-infested areas.
Camphor tablets are also an effective remedy for bed bugs and head lice. Place large chunks of the tablet between bedding material to drive away bed bugs. Veterinarians apply camphor to animals to eliminate ticks and fleas from their coats.
Besides its use in various insect repellents, camphor is often used to mask musty and damp smells. Due to its antimicrobial properties, camphor also serves as a surface disinfectant.