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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.



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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.
Mothballs should bet rid of the skunk, but I have no idea what effect they have on dogs.

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There are skunk traps if it (they are really living there) They are small/low so the skunk can't raise it's tail,but not sure what happens when you let it loose!Maybe call animal control?

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Installing bright floodlights might flush them out too once you flip the switch.
Obviously, an electrician would do the install for you.

Or keep them on leash during this time of day.
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Skunks are actually very reluctant to spray if you move slowly and carefully around them. It takes them a long time to "recharge". I know several people (including us) who have relocated skunks from under decks, etc. just using a standard Hav-a-hart traps without getting sprayed. We once had one get itself trapped in a trash can... still not sure how it did that, when we found it, the trash can was still upright, with the lid on! We gently carried the can into the woods, tipped it over so the skunk could get out, and the skunk took its own sweet time finishing its garbage meal before moving on!

Dogs get sprayed because they startle the skunk and treat it as prey. (at least from the skunk's perspective! )

All that said, I can certainly understand why you don't want it living under your house. I actually like skunks. They are really pretty harmless and inoffensive (other than spraying when frightened badly!) and provide a service by eating LOTS of grubs that ruin lawns and turn into flying insects the next year. But I wouldn't want to worry about me or my dog running into one right under my deck either!

There are professional critter removal services that can come and take care of it for you. That's probably the easiest solution. I would NOT use moth balls. They are bad for the environment and toxic... to the skunk AND your dogs.


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i have turned my motion sensor floodlights in my yard to just be on all night. I called the critter remover service but they suggested it will likely leave on its own. I previously had a live trap when i had a raccoon problem, but all I caught was Gemma ... twice!!! For now i'm taking the out on a leash, but it's sooooo cold in the morning and I hate having to go out. I'm told they are very active this time of year preparing for hibernation so it should be a short-lived problem, as long as it doesn't decide to hibernate under my deck and have its babies there in the spring!


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There are skunk traps if it (they are really living there) They are small/low so the skunk can't raise it's tail,but not sure what happens when you let it loose!Maybe call animal control?
bingo. you have to get rid of it, skunks are big carriers of rabies. "Owing to aspects of their biology, raccoons and skunks are among the most commonly listed vectors for human rabies transmission, according to the Mayo Clinic
yeah no mothballs, I gave a fellow hunter a nice job. He thought he'd throw some mothballs under our hunt camp building to keep critters away. He threw at least a hundred underneath the building which is just high enough to crawl under. Needless to say he had to be a retriever for awhile. Dogs will eat them ., and that's bad news. Our hunt dog will eat anything that's not nailed down.

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The remedy for the nasty skunk smell, if your dog does get sprayed is: 1/4cup fresh baking soda, 1 quart fresh hydrogen peroxide, and a teaspoon of dawn.

You have to let it sit on the dog for a few minutes, let the chemical reaction occur.

also, I've been told the smell should only last 1 month...
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My sister's dog got sprayed by a skunk many years ago and for the remainder of her life (several years) whenever she would get wet or hot the skunk smell would resurface! Euwww!


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Goodness, sometimes I do feel lucky to live in skunk-free England!!
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