Skunk sprayed under the house

topic posted Sat, February 7, 2009 - 2:56 AM by  Unsubscribed
No shit.
It's 3 AM and I'm on the verge of totally vomiting. (Sorry!)

A skunk seriously just sprayed underneath my house
and I have NO IDEA what to do right now!

I'm boiling shit over the stove and it's not making any difference at

I want to kill it!

Or at least get someone to trap it or something.

The whole neighborhood must be so pissed at me right now.

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    Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

    Sat, February 7, 2009 - 8:40 AM
    BLEACH ~!!
    The stronger the better.

    Get a cheap one gallon sprayer and a few large bottles of bleach.

    Or a hose with one of those garden fertilizer attachments and pool bleach 12% strength.

    Don't be sparing.
  • Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

    Sat, February 7, 2009 - 10:14 AM
    >>>I want to kill it!>>>

    Just don't use a shotgun at close range.
    If you thinks it smells now..... goddam... talk about learning the hard way.

    - - - - - - - - - - - -

    I got another dead skunk story and it involves a gas powered, posthole auger and a long weekend of 100+ degree weather. Bul I'm saving it for a special occasion.
  • Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

    Sat, February 7, 2009 - 1:05 PM
    My dogs used to get into skunks !
    sometimes they'd come into the house
    before I'd realize that they'd been sprayed.

    The only thing that ever really worked for me
    was Tomato Juice! and tons of it.
    I don't know if it's the acid or what but
    I'd just saturate the dogs with it.
    It would cut the smell down to an acceptable
    Just plunk what ever you can
    in the bath tub or a wash tub
    with all the tomato juice you can.

    Now porcupine Quills is another story!
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      Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

      Sat, February 7, 2009 - 1:35 PM
      The acid in tomato juice is the active component. However it is so weak and dilute that it works poorly at best.
      And as you found you gotta use an inordinate amount.

      Vinegar might work better it's a different acid and not all work the same way.

      However the caustic in sodium hyper chlorate (bleach) will denature the molecules of the skunk stink. It is pretty efficient and works very well.

      I found out when I had a skunk caught in a live trap U had for the Raccoons. I couldn't get near the trap and that damn thing wouldn't die.
      then it got pissed. It was under a back stoop with an air space under the building. What a stink ~!!

      Bleach was what did it.

      I find bleach is a lot more effective at denaturing most molecules than pretty much anything else.

      One time I found a terribly scary parasite in my pool when I was opening it in the spring. I'd never seen one like this before. It was about 2" long and had a mouth ( I think it was a mouth) that looked like a cirsular ring of really sharp teeth. When I put my hand in the water it tracked me like a guided missile.

      I had some muriatic acid (20% technical Hydrochloric) I dropped that suck in a pail with about 2" of straight acid. Nothing. It didn't writhe or squirm and didn't slow down.
      I did the same with some bleach. That killed it instantly

      Bleach ~!! The magic kills-everything-stuff that does more than any one will ever know.

  • Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

    Sun, February 8, 2009 - 9:09 AM
    if you trap it, it will have to die since trappers can't *not* get sprayed when releasing skunks from traps. if you want to keep it away from under your house in the future (and incidentally raccoons, neighbors' cats and kids), soak some old rags in ammonia and leave them strategically placed under the house in areas where the animals might be entering or hanging out. to de-skunk pets and objects, mix up a quart of hydrogen peroxide, a few tablespoons of Dawn dishwashing liquid, and about a cup or so of baking soda in a gallon or two of warm water -- **be sure to avoid pets' eyes and ears with this mixture**, but use it generously, scrubbing it into their fur well and rinsing it off even better with lots of warm water.

    good luck with that.
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      Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

      Sun, February 8, 2009 - 1:05 PM
      What? I have released skunks from humane traps when trapping the ferals for spay/neuter.

      People seem to think that skunks go around spraying all the time, just for fun. They don't.

      There was a little one I named "Lucky" that had an injured back leg. It couldn't get around so good, and it couldn't compete with the other skunks for food. So it adapted and would show up during the day when I'd go to tend the ferals. It's been around now for years, and has never sprayed me. By "around" I mean it has taken food from my fingers. Sat up and begged. Nuzzled next to me to dine (they're pushy, so they aren't really nuzzling, just trying to push me out of the way). So I rub and scratch the little guy/gal when it's being friendly.

      I've been surrounded by stomping baby skunks, practicing their craft, when mama shows up. She knows me, she looked exhausted as if to say "those kids" and observed. There was no place for me to go as I was surrounded. I was not sprayed.

      I have been around skunks for YEARS. I do not get sprayed. That is their last resort. Except during this mating season when the skunk smell wafts and they are much more likely to spray EACH OTHER during this time. There are also their little indignant squeals when they decide a suitor is NOT what they want.

      They're a fascinating little animal.

      I have told this story a bazillion times, and it has to do with the saying "cat away, mouse will play". We had raccoon and feral cats and skunks that would wander through the parking garages. People objected. Management put up mesh. It was effective at keeping the larger creatures out. Which allowed the complex to be over run with giant rats. They were HUGE.

      So not only did management pay to have the vast garage space meshed in, they they had to call exterminators to do work all over the complex.

      Nature takes care of those problems for free. There is a balance. Eliminate one aspect of nature's circle of life and the other parts will thrive.

      In addition, I have picked up raccoons by hand that were injured. One of the times the Animal Care and Control guy gaped and asked. "How much wildlife training have you had?". I think animals can often sense things that we people can't. Maybe if people assume they will be sprayed or bitten, they are.

      People are far more dangerous to approach than animals are.
      • Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

        Thu, February 19, 2009 - 12:47 AM
        I am with Diarum, I live in a urban area and it is like a wild life documentary in spite of the
        homes. The racoons, skunks, possums I have known are usually like bees, don't frighten
        them and they won't take you on. there are however like humans, you get peaceable types
        and the types that are just out looking for a scrape with anyone they can bead their eyes on.

        the skunks I have seen, seem pretty mellow and only 4 have seemed nervous enough
        to raise their tails.
        But Chili spoke true, once you have a skunk trapped, with a crew of hunters or dogs around it will be on the defense, (from our point of view -on the offense), because they have
        been penned for long hours and the little black and white expects the worst handling by
        that time.

        • Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

          Thu, February 19, 2009 - 8:36 AM

          I should clarify, that a calm trapped skunk will *not* spray you if you approach quietly and vewy vewy s_l_o_w_l_y as it sprays when mating and when startled by sudden movements. if you think you can catch and release, then more power to you, but every trapped skunk I've had the sad acquaintance of has been humanely euthanized by the trapper. I have fed them grapes once or twice, by hand in the cage, and not had them spray ~ but why the heck would you tempt fate with that awful stench!?

          a good way to ensure that they are not coming back to your under-house area is to place firm chicken wire or wood to cover any openings you can find, or use expanding foam to fill smaller access holes .
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            Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

            Thu, February 19, 2009 - 8:48 AM
            because they are living creatures and they are apart of a vital eco system..
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              Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

              Thu, February 19, 2009 - 9:19 AM
              I was meditating when the skunks came and sprayed.

              I was deep in meditation...

              the skunks went insane!

              Ever since this night, I have simply loved the skunks.
              I haven't tried to mess with them, or hate them, I just love them

              and they've left me alone.

              I don't really care. I think they are awesome animals. so what if they like to play under my house? Maybe I do have some pesky rodents. who knows.

              the synchronicity was just bizarre..........
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                Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

                Thu, February 19, 2009 - 9:24 AM
                lawww! I feel bad for you but have to admit in some perverse way I do wish I was there to see the look on your face. Its not about being mean, just loving akward moments of confusion ahahah
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                  Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

                  Thu, February 19, 2009 - 9:27 AM
                  Yeah I was on the verge of vomiting all night
                  slept on the ground near my back door with it open freezing my ass off just so I didn't puke

                  Sure did learn a lot that night!

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            Re: Skunk sprayed under the house

            Fri, February 20, 2009 - 3:35 PM
            I agree with House, the little ones are part of the ecosystem.

            So what if they spray me?

            It's not like my skin will bubble up, burst into flames, or fall off the bones.

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