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Offline JCLP

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National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« on: April 27, 2017, 12:22 PM »
Hello Foggers,
For over a week now I have been at war with a skunk under our shed. I have tried all kinds of chemicals, flooding the den with water and barricading the bottom of the shed with rocks and wire mesh with no success. Short of getting a gun, wish I can't do in the city, I am lost for ideas.
Does anyone have any miracle solution?
Thanks,
JC

Offline rvieceli

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2017, 12:57 PM »
You need to get a live trap.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Havahart-Large-1-Door-Live-Animal-Cage-Trap-1079/100336697

Bait it with sardines. When you trap it. Throw a blanket over the cage to avoid getting sprayed.

Offline JCLP

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 12:59 PM »
You need to get a live trap.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Havahart-Large-1-Door-Live-Animal-Cage-Trap-1079/100336697

Bait it with sardines. When you trap it. Throw a blanket over the cage to avoid getting sprayed.

Unfortunately our City will not allow anyone to trop and re-locate. If you get caught, you will have major issues with City Hall. Need to find a way to discourage the skunk from hanging around the shed.

JC

Offline RustE

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 12:59 PM »
Can you expose the area under the shed such that the skunk no longer feels safe there?  Then it will likely move somewhere else to find a safe space.

Offline rst

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 01:03 PM »
They do not like light, stick a light under the shed and on daylight sensor so it comes on a night.  After my dogs got sprayed twice this cured the problem for me.  Skunk left for someone else' deck or shed.

Offline JCLP

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2017, 01:11 PM »
Can you expose the area under the shed such that the skunk no longer feels safe there?  Then it will likely move somewhere else to find a safe space.
Thought of that, but I would need to empty the shed, not a fun job, and remove the floor. If all fails, I will have to do that.

Thx.

Offline JCLP

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2017, 01:13 PM »
They do not like light, stick a light under the shed and on daylight sensor so it comes on a night.  After my dogs got sprayed twice this cured the problem for me.  Skunk left for someone else' deck or shed.
Great idea. I will need to try this. Been flooding everyday but it keeps coming back. When I do flood the den, it does leave the shed even in the middle of the afternoon. I think he may have scuba gear under there.
JC

Offline tjskinny

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 01:42 PM »
You also might try a preditor urine to encourage the skunk to move on.  We had a problem with mountain beavers and used coyote urine around their dens, it seemed to work.

https://www.predatorpeestore.com/FoxPee-Fox-Urine-for-Skunk-Problem.html

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2017, 03:26 PM »
Call animal control if you aren't allowed to trap it yourself.  If they don't help you, I heard peppermint extract/oil deters animals.  I personally wouldn't want to discharge a gun with neighbors close by, so I would get poison.
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Offline JCLP

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2017, 03:38 PM »
Call animal control if you aren't allowed to trap it yourself.  If they don't help you, I heard peppermint extract/oil deters animals.  I personally wouldn't want to discharge a gun with neighbors close by, so I would get poison.

I called The city and they told me to leave it. I called the Orkin Man, pest control company, and they don't trap and release either. All they do is scare them away and then make your shed skunk proof. I have some Diazinon that I going to mix with crushed moth balls. Hopefully I don't blow myself up.

Cheers,

Offline kevinculle

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2017, 09:44 PM »
Take any gasoline powered implement (lawn mower, power washer, weedwacker,etc.) and start it up and arrange it so the exhaust is directed under the shed, use a length of hose that will withstand the temperature if necessary, treat the skunk to an extended dose of carbon monoxide long enough and the only problem you'll have is removing the carcass before it smells worse than a live skunk.  A bullet to the brain would be more humane but apparently your local authorities can't understand that.

Offline woodwrights_corner

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2017, 10:20 PM »
We had this problem many years ago.   A mother skunk and four kittens made their home under the floor of an shed set on timbers about six or eight inches above the ground.  Every evening about dark the mother and her kittens would crawl from under the shed and take an evening walk.  So with the advice of the local conservation agent we did this.  We waited until the mother and kittens left the shed for their regular stroll.  Once we were certain we wouldn't frighten them and cause them to run back under the shed we attacked with full strength clorox bleach.  We poured several gallons around the entire perimeter.  Then we attacked with hardware cloth with small squares.  Finally we restacked the bricks that were around shed and added a few more that were lying around.  It worked.  The skunks didn't like the smell of the clorox and they didn't even try to breech the barrier.

Offline Holmz

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2017, 01:17 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

Offline Cheese

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2017, 01:59 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.Funny
She says ÿes I have a family of Norwegians under the porch now.


Funny...you just forgot to add the oof da part... [thumbs up] [thumbs up]

Offline Holmz

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2017, 03:57 AM »
Yeah @Cheese but the uff da was only in the later Norwegian1 version ;)


1) Haugen, Einar (1957) Beginning Norwegian: a grammar and reader (George G.Harrap & Co Ltd) ISBN 978-0245531378

Offline Bob D.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2017, 06:00 AM »
Didn't expect to see this topic pop up here but I have this same problem. We have a pair of skunks that have taken up residence under our deck which is low to the ground, about 6 inches above grade.

I had thought of tearing up some deck boards to expose the area and then try to flush them out but that would be difficult to leave open holes in the deck than someone could lose a foot in and twist an ankle.

Trap and release is not allowed here and can't discharge a firearm what with my property bordering on a elementary school and no firearms use within 1000 feet of a school is allowed.

I would like to coax this pair to move on before they expand their family. Our neighbors cat had one run in with one of them last Fall, that was a mess and somehow my fault (according to my neighbor) because I didn't trap or destroy the skunks.

I used mothballs to evict a groundhog who tried to make a home under the deck a few years ago but I doubt that would impress the skunks much, they might even like it.
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Offline antss

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2017, 08:30 AM »
A high powered air rifle in .22 will dispatch them and get around most municipal firearm ordinances. They are rather expensive though.

Offline Cheese

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2017, 08:32 AM »
How about smoke bombs to get them moving and then 1/4" square wire cloth to seal the deal?

The smoke bombs worked on gophers until we found out that water and a hose was a lot easier.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2017, 08:57 AM »
A high powered air rifle in .22 will dispatch them and get around most municipal firearm ordinances. They are rather expensive though.

I couldn't get the one I wanted because it has what my state calls a flash suppressor (it's an air gun there is no flash doesn't compute with them). Wife is not keen on this method either. I am looking at other models or maybe borrow one for this one time use but would rather not go this route.
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2017, 09:00 AM »
How about smoke bombs to get them moving and then 1/4" square wire cloth to seal the deal?

The smoke bombs worked on gophers until we found out that water and a hose was a lot easier.

I would have to seal off about 90 feet of deck perimeter to accomplish that.
Deck is about 1200 SF and open on three sides.

I believe they have gone underground somewhere near the middle of the deck. It's too close to the
ground to crawl under there (<6" below the joists in most places).

I think my best bet is to remove some deck boards to expose them and work from there and I'll just have to put up some barricades so people don't fall or trip. It'll be ugly but hopefully I'll get the job done this year.
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Offline Dane

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2017, 09:16 AM »
Well, we had this issue a few years ago when we were living in Montana.  In Montana, we all carry bear spray when hiking-which is like Mace on steroids.  So, we bombed the shed with bear spray...never saw a skunk again.  Now, you have to be careful because the capsicum from the spray will linger for years- so make sure you don't get it anywhere you need to spend a lot of time, but if it's under the shed, it will probably be fine.  You can order the spray online or get it in any outdoor/camping store.

Offline JCLP

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2017, 09:19 AM »
Well, we had this issue a few years ago when we were living in Montana.  In Montana, we all carry bear spray when hiking-which is like Mace on steroids.  So, we bombed the shed with bear spray...never saw a skunk again.  Now, you have to be careful because the capsicum from the spray will linger for years- so make sure you don't get it anywhere you need to spend a lot of time, but if it's under the shed, it will probably be fine.  You can order the spray online or get it in any outdoor/camping store.
Dane,
Thankyou for the tip on the bear spray. I will search for this.
Good news though, my neighbour saw momma skunk carry her babies from my shed to a new shed two house down. So I seem to be winning the battle. I will flood the deck one more time today and see what happens.

Thx.
JC

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2017, 09:19 AM »
Good call on the bear spray.

Bob - plenty of PCP models without supresors/silencers/muzzle brakes, ect....

Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2017, 09:23 AM »
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.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2017, 09:23 AM »
You need to get a live trap.

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Havahart-Large-1-Door-Live-Animal-Cage-Trap-1079/100336697

Bait it with sardines. When you trap it. Throw a blanket over the cage to avoid getting sprayed.

Unfortunately our City will not allow anyone to trop and re-locate. If you get caught, you will have major issues with City Hall. Need to find a way to discourage the skunk from hanging around the shed.

JC

You have a problem and if city hall will not help or has rules to prevent you from helping yourself you need to take action. There are traps designed specifically to catch skunks and keep you from being sprayed. Get one of these, use it, and dispose of the catch. If you want to release drive way outside of town and do so there otherwise you are going to need to get rid of it another way. I am sure you can get creative, but be discrete about it in terms of anyone knowing about it or seeing it go down, as you could fall under animal cruelty laws. A skunk is a disaster if any members of your family, including pets, is sprayed by it.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2017, 09:33 AM »
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.

That was one of my worries with this method too. Have to put 'em down fast with a properly placed shot and where I can collect and dispose of them.
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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2017, 10:09 AM »
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.

That was one of my worries with this method too. Have to put 'em down fast with a properly placed shot and where I can collect and dispose of them.

Yes - we had friends that did not manage the "where I can collect and dispose of them" part, and it was the house, not the shed.

Offline Paul G

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2017, 10:49 AM »
Concentrated ammonia can be a useful chem warfare tool with animals.
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Offline antss

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2017, 11:19 AM »
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.

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Re: National Lampoons hunt for the skunk
« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2017, 11:28 AM »
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...

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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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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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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!

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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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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]

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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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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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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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