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For the past couple weeks I've had a skunk in my yard. So far nobody has got sprayed but i've been terrified. Before I let the dogs out in the early morning I go out in my bathrobe with a flashlight (it's now dark in the morning). I look all around the yard looking for the critter and sniffing for the telltale aroma. When it looks clean i let the little dog out to do her business. After feeding the dogs I have to let both dogs out to do their business again. A few mornings, after my first skunk check and letting the dog out i've then suddenly smelled the thing (or once actually spotted it running away in the ravine behind the house).
Also, the dogs have been very fixated on the space beneath my deck like there is an animal under there and i suspect the skunk might be living under there during the daytime or spending time there at night.
It's getting very cold in the morning (now below freezing) and I hate having to go out in my bathrobe and slippers and wish i could just open the door and let them do their business in my fenced yard. I paid a lot of money to fence my yard for this convenience and this is very frustrating. I've installed floodlights in the backyard as well as I've read that this can deter them. Anyone have any skunk experience or advice to share?
I bought a bottle of skunk shampoo just case.
Having 2 long haired dogs get sprayed by a skunk just before I go to work would be my worst nightmare. I'd have to give them a quick shampoo and then crate them in the garage or basement for the day (yes, i have developed a contingency plan just in case). I tried calling an extirminator but they said there isn't much they can do unless it has a litter under my deck and that it will probably move on.
Last edited by Tuss; 10-25-2013 at 06:11 AM.