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Old 01-24-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Consciousness
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I pray it is not under my deck. Crawl space is locked up so I know it is not there. Smell is awful, last I check duct work to furnace was all sealed nice and tight but I will check again tomorrow. Wonder if skunk is attracted to compost bin it's sealed and it's below freezing so I just don't know.

Such a horrid smell!!!

I will sprinkle cayenne pepper tomorrow in the morning seemed to work before so I hope it make the little bugger sneeze a go elsewhere.

Not interested in trapping and releasing or killing it/ them. Just want it to move on.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:48 PM
 
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I used to live in Minnesota. There's a regional dish called "lutefisk," which is basically pickled fish. We found that to be effective at keeping skunks away.
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Old 01-24-2014, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Consciousness
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Thanks for the tip
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:40 AM
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I pray it is not under my deck. Crawl space is locked up so I know it is not there. Smell is awful, last I check duct work to furnace was all sealed nice and tight but I will check again tomorrow. Wonder if skunk is attracted to compost bin it's sealed and it's below freezing so I just don't know.

Such a horrid smell!!!

I will sprinkle cayenne pepper tomorrow in the morning seemed to work before so I hope it make the little bugger sneeze a go elsewhere.

Not interested in trapping and releasing or killing it/ them. Just want it to move on.
I couldn't help but laugh hard at the thread's title. Forgive me.

I wish you well in ridding that obviously rancid odor at your place.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Chances are that you have grubs in your lawn or you are putting food scraps in your compost. Also; skunks do not spray for no reason - do you let your dog run? Sometimes you can have conflicts with raccoons or other scavengers for a food source - that will also lead to the spray.

People pay a lot of money to remove grubs from their lawns - skunks do it for free. I like skunks and as long as I don't surprise them; I don't have the smell.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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I like skunks too. Used to actually pet them in the back yard when I lived in Pa.
I was brought up in NH and we had a family of skunks that used to winter under our house. Every once in awhile, my Dad, who liked to lay on the floor to watch his favorite shows (Red Skelton, The Fugitive, etc.) would jump up say 'OMG they did it again!" He would get the first whiff coming up through the floor. Of course, the next day I would go to school and kids would be commenting on how they thought they smelled skunk. I would join them in this dilemma and no one ever caught on that it was on my clothes. LOL Good old days, huh?

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Old 01-30-2014, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Consciousness
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Skunk gone
though I saw a few as road kill a half mile away
road kill ones stink too

not sure about grubs it's been below freezing for days

compost in tact with only proper scraps in place
earth machine brand compost bin keeps critters out

did sprinkle cayenne pepper and chili powder all around
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:43 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Moth Balls Go buy a box or to then spread the around under the house Keep Skunks Snakes & other creatures away. Too bad the skunk got killed Trap & release far away would have been better IMO

I had one as a pet was very friendly & loved playing with the dogs!
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Consciousness
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Skunks continue to come and go
came home late one night to find one sashaying off my deck like it owned the place
may have been bugs in my flower pots that it liked
cayenne pepper seems to work
will try moth balls next

we don't have any pet but cats visit and a possum is occasionally spotted plus rabbits a bit more often
given the trenches we encounter in our yard on occasion we also have a mole or two

we try hard to coexist with nature and her critters which is why we don't exterminate but the smell of skunk spray is horrid


thanks all for your suggestions, thoughts and laughs
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Here the county animal control will lend "live traps" for capturing and relocating wildlife, and it's helpful in the case of bothersome racoons or opposums. While it would work for a skunk, transporting it to some far away woods could be a little
problematic. We once had our dog sprayed, and I ended up being the one to do the tomato juice baths, so I am very familiar with the pungent aroma.
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