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    Skunk under my house

    I'm so tired of our house getting sprayed. We have one (maybe 2,3,4,5 ?) skunk living under our home. It has sprayed us 4 times so far this month of February! Have called the Pest Control people who set a trap, but, so far no luck! Just wanted to vent.

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    Oh Yuck we had that happen once when we lived in an old farm house. One time I thought the neighbors dog was in my entry way and was going to get the little bugger, when I turned on the light and opened the door it was a skunk! I slowly backed away from that one!

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    OHH ! NO!!!! do call a pro .. not worth waiting. My neighbor thought they had one,...turned out to be 9 living under the front porch. When they called animal control they told them they would be number 178 on the "list". Find someone who can get rid of them quickly.

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    Thanks for the support! Our Pest Control officer said that if the skunk does not come out to eat the dry cat food that he will spray wolf urine all around our house. Oh Joy! Bet that will smell good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by myocean12 View Post
    Thanks for the support! Our Pest Control officer said that if the skunk does not come out to eat the dry cat food that he will spray wolf urine all around our house. Oh Joy! Bet that will smell good!
    I bet it will smell better than the skunk!!

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    Neighbors used eggs. The set them out in a trail (think breadcrumbs) from where they went under the porch to the trap. They did this just before dusk because they usually come out after dark. There were a good many under their porch too.
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    I think I read somewhere to put a radio under the house with loud music on. I think the idea is to let it play all night when they are trying to sleep. I don't know if it works but I always thought it was a funny solution because....how are the people supposed to sleep through loud rock and roll under the house? What we have done if get the big traps from the animal control officer and put a can of cat food or sardines in the trap BUT first get the glad super sized garbage bag that you can fit the whole trap in. Leave the trap door at the open end of the bag and this way you can check the trap in the morning without getting sprayed. If it's the neighbours cat in there, you can let it out and try again.

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    We have a problem with them every now and then...I live near the forest preserve. I have found that a piece of meat that is old (think too old to eat) is really good for catching them. We had a regular pick up/ drop off empty cage going for awhile. Old chicken really was the most effective...I think it was 20 minutes.
    I like the idea of the garbage bag...
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    My daughter catches them when they come to eat cat food at her barn. She just throws a blanket over the trap and carries them to the canyon outside town and turns them loose. She hasn't gotten sprayed yet. knock on wlld!!

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    Sorry!! Knock on wood!!!

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    How are they getting under the house? I think that would be number two on my to-do list, second only to getting rid of the skunks.

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    We had a skunk take up residence under the soda machine in the back room of the building I used to work in. We had one of the medium size cage type traps and we put in an open can of cheapie tuna. Worked well and no spraying. Filled in all the mortar around loose bricks and replaced grates on vents. No more problems that I've heard of. . . also no more cats eating dead birds either!

    When we had a family of skunks living in our culvert when I was growing up, my dad found sulphur candles somewhere and lit them in one end of the culvert. Smelled like rotten eggs for days...don't want to try that under your house!
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    Thanks all!
    Got home from work today and (wolf urine) PHEW!!!! But yes, the wolf urine does smell better than the skunk. I have heard that skunks continue to return to their nest every year! Oh my!

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    You need to find out how they are getting under there and block it off! also my mom uses moth balls to keep them out from under her porch.

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    Last summer the man from our Water Company had to go under the house to check some problems. He left the door open when he left. We only discovered it when we were sprayed. We also found a break in the cement foundation around our old mobile. We quickly cemented that last weekend. Now the only way out from under our home is that open door at crawl space. Haven't been sprayed in 6 days now so perhaps it escaped.

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    I had them living under our house the first couple of years we were here. I have caught them in a trap and let them go already. Still on our property. Last one I caught was a small one and when I called the pest control they said they would put it to sleep!!! I told him "not on MY watch" and just let her go where she was. We have never been sprayed and have never had anything else sprayed in 21 yrs! If you don't frighten them (and make sure they are FACING you) you are pretty safe. Canned cat food is what I used.

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    OH I feel for you. something dug under our cement patio step last year and then when i pushed the dirt back and put two small ceramic statues on top, what ever it was also dug under the cement front porch step. my husband said not to fret over it. Well i wanted to know what was trying to live under our house and if it could get in by digging under the steps. I never did know what it was but it hasn't been back.
    good luck on getting rid of them. call a skunk whisperer!!!

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    Throw some moth balls under the house! The moth balls won't smell very good either, but they won't smell as bad as skunk spray, and the skunks don't like moth balls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drgranny View Post
    My daughter catches them when they come to eat cat food at her barn. She just throws a blanket over the trap and carries them to the canyon outside town and turns them loose. She hasn't gotten sprayed yet. knock on wlld!!
    What a brave person she is!
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    One year there was a skunk in parking lot at church on Wednesday night when the choir arrived for practice: THAT caused some excitement!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor View Post
    What a brave person she is!
    My neighbor does this too, but she uses an old shower curtain to throw over the trap. It works very well for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piepatch View Post
    Throw some moth balls under the house! The moth balls won't smell very good either, but they won't smell as bad as skunk spray, and the skunks don't like moth balls!
    Moth balls work. We had some skunks living under our shed and that made them move out. You do have to replace the moth balls once in a great while, or the skunks will come back. We found that out when our dogs got skunked a second time.
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    Since the subject has come up, I thought I'd include the recipe for de-skunking from a previous post.
    1 quart of 3% hydrogen perioxide
    1/4 cup baking soda
    1 tsp. liquid soap
    Mix it up at time of use. Pour or sponge on, wait 5 minutes and rinse with plain water.

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    Thanks for the recipe. My pug was sprayed last year when the skunk came. I did not know about the recipe so just poured tomato juice all over him. Poor guy. I'm sure he would have liked your mixture better than mine!. Today when he smells skunk he barks, cries, rubs his face on the throw rugs and then hides under the bed.

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    we had that happen to us once and my husband threw a bunch of mothballs under the house got rid of the skunks but the house did smell like mothballs for a long time will also get rid of spiders just be careful how many as they really do smell not as bad as skunks though

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