Now that spring is here, you can be sure to spot more and more wildlife as the season progresses. A common occurrence this time of year is nuisance skunk activity; after all, this is prime skunk mating season. If you smell that tale-tell odor of skunk spray around your property, it is likely a male skunk marking his mating territory. Furthermore, if you have curious outdoor pets, like cats or dogs, you would be wise to take extra precaution for avoiding nasty, lingering skunk spray attacks.
In fact, continue reading to learn what you need to know about skunk spraying, as well as how to get rid of skunks on and around your property.
What is in Skunk Spray?
Skunk spray is a naturally-produced chemical called N-butlymercaptan, which is a pungent combination of thiols (traditionally called mercaptans), and various other sulfur-based compounds. Sulfur odors are often compared to the smell of rotten eggs.
The spray is produced and excreted from their anal scent glands, which are located just alongside the ear-end. For this reason, skunks must lift their tails to eject their spray. You know when a skunk is prepared to spray because they display a certain “dance”, which involves hissing, stomping, and puffing up their fir. Consider this a warning!
Skunks Spray as a Means of Defense
Skunk spray is produced solely for defense purposes. Skunks can accurately spray up to 15 feet. They tend to spray when they feel threatened, or when protecting their young. As a very pungent chemical mix, skunk spray can cause severe eye irritation, and even temporary blindness. It will not, however, cause any other significant health problems or injuries. If sprayed in the face by a skunk, wash your eyes and face off immediately.
Interestingly enough, skunks will not spray other skunks, but they will spray anything else, including curious pets and children. Another interesting fact about skunk spraying is that it takes up to a week to restore their spray reserves after excreting them. For this reason, skunks really do not want to spray; they only do when they feel like they absolutely have to.
Removing Skunk Smell
If skunk spray comes into contact with clothing, skin, or fur, the odor can linger for days, and even weeks at a time. When this happens, try combining one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one teaspoon mild dishwashing detergent, and 1/4 cup baking soda. Then simply rinse, wash, repeat as many times as needed.
How to Get Rid of Nuisance Skunks
Skunks are a nuisance, and for many reasons. Not only will they spray your pets, but they will also rip up your lawn and garden for grubs and more. The best way to protect your property from skunks is to stop them from trespassing onto your yard altogether. Do this by outsourcing professional Nashville TV critter control service for skunks.
Do you need to get rid of nuisance skunks? Contact Budget Animal Removal at 615-337-9165 for TWRA licensed and insured Nashville, Tennessee critter control for skunks. We serve residential and commercial clients.
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