What to do after a skunk attack?

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Skunks are not the most popular creatures in the world due to their defense mechanism, skunk spray. A skunk attack will take place when a skunk feels threatened which leads to a stinky smell that seemingly will not go away. If skunks frequent your area, learn the best way to remove skunk smell as well as how to find out what might be attracting skunks to your home.

Skunk Smell

The smell of a skunk can last for a month or longer depending on the reason for the smell. If a skunk has sprayed your pet, you may smell the stink for a month if the pet is not treated. If a skunk were to die near your home or even underneath your home, the smell will last for much longer.

Once sprayed, immediately rinse the eyes with lukewarm water for several minutes. You can use commercial cleaners to try and remove the smell or even home remedies that may swear will remove the skunk stink. If you find that your pet has been sprayed by a skunk directly in the face in a large amount, you need to visit the vet. Skunk spray can cause such symptoms as blindness (temporarily), vomiting or nausea.

The skunk spray is actually created by the anal scent glands of the animal. When the skunk feels threatened, it will use the spray as a defense mechanism. The stinky odor is due to thiols, which are Sulphur compounds made by the skunk oil. The skunk oil components stink and make the smell stick to skin, fur and basically anything the oil touches.

Avoiding Skunks

If you have spotted a skunk near your home, it is time to take action. You want to reduce the attractants near your home as well as make changes to keep the skunk from coming close to your home, hopefully avoiding the stink. Such attractants include garbage bags or open containers, pet food, water bowls and more. Do not keep any open food or access to garbage near your home as the skunk will be attracted to the area.

Install motion activated sprinklers so that a skunk will be sprayed if they come near your home. This can be a nice deterrent. Take a look around the exterior of your home. Do you see any openings where a skunk might gain entry? Skunks like to hide in areas such as porches or crawl spaces. Add screening to be able to cover holes but allow air to pass through for ventilation.

Skunks also like the dark and often come out at night. Consider adding lights to your home so the skunks will not be attracted to your property.

Overall, it is important to be aware of your property and be on the lookout for skunks. If you do have a problem and need help, contact a wildlife company for skunk removal services. The experts, such as those from Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, can assist you with removing any skunks that try to make your home their own. Contact the company today for assistance with skunks and other common pests.


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