Skunks, easily identifiable by their characteristic black and white striping, are infamous for producing a foul odor when frightened. Although a skunk’s spray is known mostly for its robust smell, it can also cause intense discomfort if it gets into a person or animal’s eyes. Fortunately, these mild-mannered creatures rarely use this potent defense, and provide quite a few benefits to the areas they inhabit. Skunks use their powerful defense only when they or their young are threatened and cannot escape. Even then, they give ample warning that should be heeded ,stamping front feet, a raised tail, hissing, short forward charges, and twisting their hind end around in your direction. The skunk is one of the 4 wild animals to carry the rabies virus and have also been known to carry leptospirosis.
When it comes to skunks on your property, you always want to prevent them from denning and making themselves at home. Exclusion techniques should be used proactively to prevent this denning from occurring before an animal moves in. Any suspected skunk den should first be checked out to determine if a skunk has indeed moved in.
Important to Note: If you have already been sprayed by a skunk mix together 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda. and 1 tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing soap, Wear rubber gloves, wash with this solution immediately after the spraying occurs. DO NOT get the solution in your eyes. DO NOT store the mixture for later use, as the mixture could explode.