Skunk Musk Removal And Information ....
One funny incident involves a guy who looked out the curtains of
his basement window to find two beady black eyes staring back
at him. After a moment of shock he realized it wasn't a monster
after all, but a skunk stuck in his window well.
Some helpful hints on removing that pungent spray emitted by our
black and white wild neighbors.
Skunk Spray Remover:
This homemade remedy is used to remove skunk musk from
pretty much anything that is unlucky enough to get sprayed
by a skunk. A word of caution to all those dog owners out
there... Hydrogen Peroxide does bleach fur.
Mix together and use on scented area while foaming ...
1 quart of Hydrogen Peroxide
ľ cup of baking soda
1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap
This old stand by for soaking a "skunked" area works, but it
is generally slow to get the job done.
There are many commercial off-the-shelf products out there to combat
skunk musk. Check with your local pet store, they usually carry at
Spray Warning Signs:
Skunks would much rather retreat than spray you. Generally, there first
line of defense will be to run away. Secondly, they will usually
stand their ground with an arched back and stomp their front feet. This
is usually accompanied by the characteristic raising of the tail. Their
last and final resort is to take aim and fire.
Spraying The Enemy:
There is a lot of controversy surrounding how skunks spray. And rightfully
so, since no one wants to get close enough to study them and find out.
Some will turn their hind quarters towards you and then spray, but some
can form a horizontal "U" with their bodies and look at you while spraying.
Skunks can usually shoot their musk an average of 12 feet and can reload
in a short amount of time. Some say skunks cannot spray if they are carried
by the base of their tails. Don't believe it, this is just a well
Skunk Deterants ....
Having trouble getting a wild skunk to leave you alone? Try some of
these helpful tips from people who have launched a war against a
wild skunk over territory and won.
If you feed outside animals, you could also be supplying a
skunk with a steady diet. Make sure to keep cat, dog, or bird
food elevated off the ground or eliminate it entirely from an
outside porch, deck, barn, or feeder. If a skunk can find a
steady and ample diet at your house, why should he go elsewhere?
Having trouble with a skunk under your house, deck, or shed?
Try to force them to relocate by boarding up unwanted denning
areas when the skunk leaves to find food or go roaming. Coating
the ground (near where you think they are denning) with flour
and watching for tracks is a good way to tell when the skunk is
leaving and returning to the den. Skunks are usually most active
during the dusk and dawn hours.
Skunk Repellant Spray:
Jerry Bakerís formula to keep the skunks away from your
yard is to spray it with a mixture of ...
8oz. liquid dishwashing soap,
8oz. Castor Oil, added to
1 gallon of water
* Note * Remember to reapply if it rains heavily.
Skunks generally don't like loud or repetative noises.
Stereo speakers placed on the back porch with the bass turned
up really high seemed to vibrate one skunk away. Others have
lain in wait for the black and white ghosts to appear and bang
metal garbage can lids or pots and pans together to scare them
Many have tried surprise by bright halogen flashlights in
the middle of the night. Motion sensor lights directed at a
problem area of the yard has also been used to scare skunks
Remote Control Tactics:
One father used his son's remote control 4x4 truck to scare a
skunk out of his yard whenever it entered.
Hoses; A Good Old Fashioned Soaking:
One brave soul tried soaking a skunk with his hose.
Forgetting that water will make a dug up yard muddy and
slippery, this unfortunate man found himself flat on his
fanny staring the frightened skunk right in the face.
For one reason or another, the skunk did not visit again.
In talking to some pest removal services they stated. "Skunks
that create the most yard and home damage are the smartest and
hardest to catch." Most pest removal companies agree that skunks
with a star marking (mostly black with only a little white on
their heads) are the hardest to catch and relocate.
Other Wildlife Site Links ....
These sites offer good hints on how to cohabitate with wild skunks.
Also find information on what to do if you "rescue" an orphaned wild
Centre Wildlife Care
Pennsylvania Wildlife Rehabbers
Wonderful Skunk and Opossum Web Site
Wild Skunk Encounters ....
Just some funny stories or events involving wild skunks.
One day this summer, a day in the backyard pool was squelched
when a family found a baby skunk already swimming there. This
created a somewhat memorable day for the person who had to
get in the pool and shovel him out.
Some swear that they have witnessed a skunk looking both ways
before crossing the street to the other side. They also said
they saw a skunk using the front sidewalk instead of taking
a shortcut through the yard in the dewy grass. Smart skunk, huh?
Amazing Skunk Facts ....
Little known or interesting facts about skunks wild or captive-bred.
Eyes and Eyesight:
Skunks have poor eyesight with an optimum distance being about
three feet. A skunks eyes are normally black or dark brown. Albino
skunks have red or pink eyes.
A skunk's top speed clocks in at about six miles per hour.
Skunks are crepuscular meaning they mainly come out of their dens
to forage for food, exercise, and play during the dusk and dawn hours.
Skunks have a gestation period of about 63 days. Litters usually range
in size from 1 to 8, but have been recorded as high as 16 to 20. Baby
skunks are "seasonal", being born once a year, during late April and
throughout the month of May.
In the wild, skunks only live three to five years. In captivity they
generally live eight to ten years.
Skunk "vocabulary" is varied; from soft bird-like chirps to loud
squeals, from huffy, deep growls to quiet hisses. Skunks are
usually silent animals. Skunk noises are heard most often when two
or more skunks come in contact with each other.
Skunks are true omnivores eating insects such as grubs, crickets,
moths, bumblebees, etc., small ground animals such as mice and shrews,
eggs, various plants, nuts, and berries.
Spotted skunks are immune to Scorpion stings.
Even though their skeletal size differs, the "average" skunk's
weight is between seven and ten pounds.
Skunk teeth are really sharp and their canine (eye) teeth can
make a pretty nasty puncture wound if they bite you.
Skunks have claws that are more rounded off on the ends like a
dog's. Skunks use these claws to hold their food while eating
and they help to stabilize the skunk while walking.
Skunk City History:
The US city Chicago - Sikako - was named in honor of skunks. The
origin of that name came from the indians that settled there
around 1600 A.D.
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