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 How can you keep a skunk out of your yard?

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Brian Lange, Information Technology,  CA

Date: December 15, 2010, Number of Replies: 12

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Are there any natural remedies for keeping a skunk out of the yard? Are there any plants they don't like or any natural ingredients that will repel them. I'd rather not use chemicals in my yard.
Thanks in advance.


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Karen Worden Licensed Real Estate Broker,  Fort Collins,  CO

Date: December 15, 2010

Fox urine.

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Date: December 15, 2010

Here's 2:
1) Move to the city, live in an apartment, and sell the yard to someone else
2) Put a skunk of the opposite sex in your neighbor's yard.

Sorry, I know it's a problem...the skunks around here chase my Great Pyrenees...after turning them from white to yellow. I do have a great remedy for de-stinking...so if you can't get rid of them, and get it...call me! Good Luck!

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Marty Baker-Witt Licensed Real Estate Agent,  Knoxville,  TN

Date: December 16, 2010

My dogs recently got skunked and I tried everything to no avail to get rid of the odor. Please share!

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Karen Breedlove Licensed Real Estate Agent,  OH

Date: December 16, 2010

I am a licensed Realtor and am married to a licensed nuisance animal trapper. Can't tell you how many times we field this same question. The answer is simple-make your yard less appealing to the skunk! Remove bird feeders, outside pet dishes and accessible trash. Skunks are opportunistic and creatures of habit. Treat your lawn for grubs-skunk's favorite "natural" meal! Fill in areas around out buildings and under decks to discourage burrowing. If necessary, place chicken wire around such structures and then cover with mulch, top soil or gravel.

Skunks move through their territories to different feeding stations. They usually have several burrows or places to pass the hot daylight hours and emerge just before dusk. Mothballs, chemical sprays, etc won't make a difference...after all what smells worse than a skunk? As far as removing the stench if your pet (or you!) get sprayed here is what works for us. Immediately wash the area with a degreasing detergent such as Dawn liquid dishwasher soap. There is a product called Skunk Off (we get it a pet supply store) that works wonders. Follow the directions carefully-it will make a huge difference. Best of luck!

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Date: December 16, 2010

Throw moth balls around - I know it only lasts for 4 months or so but it
does help.
Otherwise find out where they live and deny them the privilege in future

Quintus Renshaw
Assoc Broker
Michigan West Shore Realty
112 S Hancock St., Pentwater MI 49449

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Brian Lange Information Technology,  CA

Date: December 16, 2010

Hi Marty,

When my boxer dog got sprayed I used Nature Miracle from Petco. It worked very well. Here's a link http://www.petco.com/product/5988/Nature's-Miracle-Skunk-Odor-Remover.aspx


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Anne Hunter Licensed Real Estate Broker,  Lakewood,  CO

Date: December 16, 2010

If the skunk has made a home under a shed, or whatever, soak rags with amonia and put it in the entrance(s). It's worked well in my yard, a couple of times.

Anne Hunter

Anne Hunter & Co

Lakewood, CO


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Carolyne L Licensed Real Estate Broker,  Serving Brampton ON Canada,  --

Date: December 16, 2010

Has anybody tried baking soda?

I had a dreadful experience, a few years ago, in a rather large home just after I was first living on my own. Beneath the master bedroom window was a large exterior very quiet new air conditioner unit. Had lived there for nineteen years and had just replaced the unit.
One morning as I awoke, alone in the house (with my big dog downstairs), as I lie in my bed, the most dreadful odor appeared in my nose. Really wicked smell, so strong it smelled like a chemical - sort of like gasoline. I tried not to panic. At first I didn't even realize it was SKUNK. It was totally overpowering.
It was before 8 am. But I called my neighbour who came over and we walked around the perimeter of the house and could see nothing. The smell was permeating the whole inside of the house. The whole yard seemed to smell like skunk. A little while later, he found the culprit.
Somehow or other a tiny skunk had gotten into the blades of the a/c unit - right inside the unit. Go figure. Can't begin to imagine how it could do so, because the vent holes are so small. But sure enough a tech service call revealed it to be true. Then the a/c activated during the night - and voila!
They cleaned the unit but it took days to dissipate the odour. Sickening and heart wrenching situation. No one had an answer. I just gave thanks that my big black chow had not been out at the time.
Carolyne L
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Al Napier Licensed Real Estate Broker,  Knoxville,  CT

Date: December 16, 2010

Predator urine.

Mothballs work well (temporarily) in confined spaces, like under a porch.

Al in TN, JIM

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Sally Hardman Licensed Real Estate Broker,  St. Simons Island,  GA

Date: December 17, 2010

Posts like this give me just one more reason to love Real Talk! Thanks to the tres amigo for providing this platform and allowing free discussion.


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Mabel Hansen Licensed Real Estate Broker,  Las Animas,  CO

Date: December 17, 2010

Lysol spray will kill skunk odor.If a pet is the victim, spray Lysol on a
paper towel and rub it over the pet.Mabel Hansen,® GRI,CRS.e-Pro,SFR
Ph./Fax 719-456-0406 Las Animas CO

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John Disera abr, sfr, e-Pro Licensed Real Estate Broker,  Joliet,  IL

Date: December 18, 2010

Can we talk about skunks in our yards figuratively or do you want to keep it literal?

If you want to keep it literal just Google it! There's all kinds of solutions!

The devil in me has to jump out every once in a while?

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