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Old 09-11-2010, 09:05 PM
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Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Default How to Get Rid of Skunks?

We have a definite skunk problem in our neighborhood. I don't know if it's 1 or a dozen, but about once a week something or someone gets blasted nearby by a skunk and the smell makes its way into our house. Any good skunk deterrents or advice out there? It is just atrocious! Pee-yooo!
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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We had one a few months ago, he made a nice hangout spot in our front yard behind the boxwoods at night. They do move on, but for a few weeks we had to go outside ahead of the dog and make sure the skunk wasn't around. Short of a shotgun, I would just say wait it out and it will split after a little while. I think he left because the cats in the neighborhood love to pee in the mulch in my front yard.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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Cream of Onion soup, but you can't find it anywhere!

Don't they like to forage through trash, or is that just those nasty possums and pesky ( yet stinkin' cute ) raccoons? Maybe someone is leaving their trash cans out, accessible to the varmints. We have them in our neighborhood, too.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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Don't they like to forage through trash, or is that just those nasty possums and pesky ( yet stinkin' cute ) raccoons? Maybe someone is leaving their trash cans out, accessible to the varmints. We have them in our neighborhood, too.
Yep. i think keeping everything clean so they don't have a reason to hang out by the house is the only way to ensure that they don't stay around.

We had a skunk come by a few days ago. We had our dogs skunked twice within a week of each other about a year ago so we hauled everyone inside and closed the windows ASAP. Just be careful.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Default "Pepe LePew?"

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Don't they like to forage through trash, or is that just those nasty possums and pesky ( yet stinkin' cute ) raccoons? Maybe someone is leaving their trash cans out, accessible to the varmints.
That's exactly what I was also thinking.......
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:04 AM
 
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I keed, I keed. They're actually good for the area because of what they eat but man they pack a wallop. My dogs to sprayed once and we let them come back in before we knew what happened. It so bad I actually got sent home from work the next day because my jacket, which was in a closet in another room of the house, smelled so bad. It took about 9 months for the smell to completely go away. The second time they ended up killing one but they didn't get sprayed.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:39 AM
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Bright light - Skunks are nocturnal and prefer to stay hidden, flooding an area with light can be an effective deterrent. Use flood lights in combination with motion sensors.
Automated sprinklers - Contech manufactures a device called 'The Scarecrow' which is essentially a sprinkler attached to a motion sensor that will spray any animals that wander into your yard.
Spicy pepper solutions - Pepper sprays are reported to work well but must be reapplied every few days to remain effective.
Commercial repellents - There are many available types, people have also reported success with dog and cat repellents.

Skunk barriers

The good: Skunks are horrible climbers and they can't jump very high.
The bad: Skunks can fit through openings as small as 4" and they're good diggers.
Strategy: Erect barriers around areas that skunks may find interesting in order to keep them out.
Skunks will make homes underneath houses, sheds, decks, and other above-ground structures. Seal them off as well as possible - remember that they can fit through holes as small as 4 inches.

Forcing skunks out
Sprinkle a light layer of flour, chalk, or other white powder around it's den and wait until nightfall. After dark, return and look for tracks and then get to work sealing up all of the entrances.


Have fun!!!
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:14 AM
 
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tossing mothballs under buildings helps - skunks don't like them and go away.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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fox ****
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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We have a definite skunk problem in our neighborhood. I don't know if it's 1 or a dozen, but about once a week something or someone gets blasted nearby by a skunk and the smell makes its way into our house. Any good skunk deterrents or advice out there? It is just atrocious! Pee-yooo!
Wow Mom2Feebs! Normally you give me good advice and I have none for you...maybe just roll it up and enjoy a good hit off of it? Just Joking... I kid I kid......

I hope those buggers move along skunk smell is hard to get rid off. Mr. X friend had a dog that got sprayed and supposedly they used tomato juice to get rid of the scent.
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