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Offline travisj

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #30 on: April 28, 2017, 11:51 AM »
My dad always used bleach.  I preferred more definitive dispatching methods, but now that I live within a metro area again, I have used bleach on whatever was trying to burrow under our back garage.  That was a month ago, and so far there has been no trace of it returning.


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Offline travisj

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #31 on: April 28, 2017, 11:57 AM »
I heard a story in Minnesota once.

The woman had a skünk under her porch and called animal control, who said that they could be out in 3 to 4 weeks.
Frustrated she asked is there was any DIY type of remedy.
They told her that one can use lüdefisk, but it not advised.
So a month rolls around and animal control calls to say that there is a window next Thursday, and would she be home between 1 and 5.
She says Ÿes but the skünk is gone.
Animal control asks how she got rid of it?
and says with lüdefisk.
and they ask if there were any side effects.
She says ÿes I have a family of Norwegians under the porch now.

Later that day I coincidentally heard an almost identical story, but with herring and Swedes replacing the lüdefisk and Norwegiäns. In both cases no skünk. ;)

@Cheese

My dad is a Swede who likes Lutefisk.  Now there are varying degrees, but I remember a few batches where, as the joke implies,the skunk would have been preferable.


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Offline SRSemenza

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #32 on: April 28, 2017, 12:00 PM »
Lots different methods being suggested. Which people will have varied opinions about which ones are appropriate.

Skunks can be especially tricky to deal with because ...... well .... they are skunks.  [wink]


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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2017, 12:47 PM »
I coached high school girls soccer.  The school paid a trapper to get rid of skunks which had made home under the team shelter.  $6000 to catch and live dispose of six skunks.  Made me seriously reconsider my career choices!

Offline Lou in DE

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2017, 01:13 PM »
A few years ago we had a family of groundhogs set up house under our concrete pool deck - tried a lot of different things that never worked - water, moth balls etc. Then I tried using diatomaceous earth (used in the pool filter) down the hole - it clings to their fur and is difficult for them to brush off - they were gone is a couple days.
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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2017, 08:19 PM »
Glad to read that Momma and kids have taken a walk.  Live trapping and releasing is a no-no in many jurisdictions.  After attending USDA seminars I know their reasoning although I don't agree with them.

Hiring a trapper (that price mentioned in this thread is way out of norm - kinda see your coming) is a real alternative and they have the licenses to euthanize the animals versus relocate.  I suspect that less honorable ones relocate closely for repeat business elsewhere but others don't.

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Offline antss

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2017, 10:33 PM »
A high powered air rifle in .22 will dispatch them and get around most municipal firearm ordinances. They are rather expensive though.

There's only one thing that smells worse than a live skunk under you porch.


I'd have thought it'd be obvious the dispatching wouldn't take place under the porch/shed.  ::)

Plus, the line of sight would be rather difficult to line up a shot.  It's called hunting for a reason.

Just make sure the first shot does the job...

I think that's implied whenever dealing with a skunk.  [wink]

Online Bob D.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2017, 05:08 AM »
The have been a few mentions of using various chemicals and applying them to areas to deter critters but think about this before you do it. I would not choose that method because everyone in my area including me have our own wells and I wouldn't want to do anything to contaminate the water any more than it already is from chemicals used in farming which occupies over half my county. I have farm fields all around only 1/4 miles away from our little development. We have to treat our water now for nitrates and other contaminates, don't want to add to that. A one time shot of bleach or NH3 or some other chemical may or may not affect my well. Since my property is small and the well is pretty near the center where ever I dump something on the ground it will be within 60 feet of the well. Not enough cushion for me to consider a chemical attack on the skunks.
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Offline Paul G

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2017, 08:51 AM »
The have been a few mentions of using various chemicals and applying them to areas to deter critters but think about this before you do it. I would not choose that method because everyone in my area including me have our own wells and I wouldn't want to do anything to contaminate the water any more than it already is from chemicals used in farming which occupies over half my county. I have farm fields all around only 1/4 miles away from our little development. We have to treat our water now for nitrates and other contaminates, don't want to add to that. A one time shot of bleach or NH3 or some other chemical may or may not affect my well. Since my property is small and the well is pretty near the center where ever I dump something on the ground it will be within 60 feet of the well. Not enough cushion for me to consider a chemical attack on the skunks.

How deep is your well?
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Online Bob D.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2017, 04:29 PM »
well is 110 feet deep, pump is at 75 feet.
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