What is a creature that you can think of that you would own as a pet if it weren’t dangerous? Many people wish they could own lions or foxes. Others love the idea of having a polar bear in their backyard. One animal that is objectively cute and at first glance seems like it would make a good pet is the skunk. The only problem is that they stink, but you already know this. A skunk’s smell is known across the world for its pungency and unpleasantness. You may have smelled this pest’s stench on your property before. In fact, that might be why you are here today. If you are looking for an effective way to keep skunks out of your Merrimac yard, here are some things you should know.
Why Skunks Invade Area Yards
Skunks are wild animals that live primarily in the wild. They will, however, take advantage of shelter around properties in order to stay out of the elements. Many homeowners have trouble with these pests hiding under their porches, inside their home’s crawl spaces, and around outbuildings.
The Nature Of Skunks
As you may know, skunks are naturally skittish animals who do their best to avoid interacting with creatures that they think mean them harm, like humans. For this reason, you are more likely to see one of these smelly pests from your window than while hanging out in your yard. That said, skunks have terrible eyesight and will on occasion wander up to people who are standing still or resting. If you are ever approached by a skunk or find yourself standing face to face with one, do your best to stay calm and quiet. This will greatly reduce your chances of being sprayed. If you see one of these pests raise its tail at you, do not panic, but turn and walk away slowly and silently.
What To Do If You Are Sprayed By A Skunk
If you, your pet, or one of your loved ones is ever sprayed by a skunk, you will want a quick and effective way to get the smell to go away fast. To help you find freedom from the pungent odor these pests produce, use this recipe.
- 1 quart of three percent hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent
Local pet shops and veterinary suppliers may also sell skunk odor removers if you do not have access to the ingredients above and want an easier solution to your problem.
6 Prevention Tips For Skunks
- As fruits, berries, and other produce drops into your yard, pick them up.
- Rake up leaves, clean up debris, and pick up seeds.
- Seal off entry points around your porch, outbuildings, and the exterior of your home.
- Keep the windows and doors of your outbuilding and home closed as much as possible.
- Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
- Remove woodpiles, junk piles, hollowed logs, and other large debris from your property.
What To Do About Skunks On Your Property
There is nothing more irritating than having a skunk on your property, especially when they are causing a stink. If one of these invasive pests has taken shelter around your home, do not hesitate to get the experts at Freedom Pest Control involved. Our team has the equipment and training needed to trap skunks and remove them from properties.
Give us a call now for any questions you have about our wildlife control and schedule an inspection for your Merrimac yard. We will come out, take a look, and find a quick solution to your pest needs.