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How to Keep Smelly Skunks Away from Your Home

We all know that smell, the faint skunk smell in the distance. It’s bad but not that bad from very far away. But, as anyone who has ever been sprayed by a skunk can tell you, it’s 1000 times worse than you can imagine up close. People often panic when they get sprayed and it can even cause people to upchuck. 

A skunk will often utilize its notorious countermeasure around where it lives. This is because predators in the area may disturb the skunk, causing it to give them a heavy dose. So, if you smell skunks quite often then this means there are skunks living near you.

How to Repel Skunks

Skunks are like any other warm-blooded creature on Earth in that they crave food, a water source and shelter. If your lawn is inviting to raccoons then it is also inviting to other creatures like skunks. You need to remove the food source, set up barriers and destroy any spots that may make for a cozy shelter.

You can install outdoor lightning. This includes security lights which are triggered by motion. Sure you may use a little bit of electricity, but you will also scare away certain pests which operate at night. Make sure the lights are not pointed at neighbors or they will become angry very quickly. 

You can place items in your yard which famously repel pests like skunks. Predator urine, mothballs or cotton balls soaked in ammonia may do the trick. Make sure these are protected from children’s curious hands or they can get injured.

Hiring a professional pest control agent is not a bad idea either. For less than a buck a day, you can keep skunks and all other pests at bay and not have to worry about them. The pest control agent may start with treatment every two weeks and then spread out the visits over a longer period of time once the pest problem is under control.

More About Skunks

Skunks are mammals that belong to the Mephitidae family. They are NOT rodents. This is important because many of the treatments people may use against rodents will not work against skunks.

Just like other mammals (you and me for instance), skunks give live birth to their offspring and the female will feed its young with its mammary glands.

Skunks are mostly found in North America, ie., Canada, USA and Mexico but are found other places as well. The oldest skunk fossils have been found in the country of Germany.

They breed between February and April so it is best to keep an eye out during this time. If you stumble upon skunks with their babies then slowly back away and call a professional. They are much more likely to spray you when their babies are present.



08 Dec

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