When you think of the aroma of early Fall, crisp leaves, pumpkins, and cinnamon muffins usually come to mind. But you might notice another, less pleasant smell becoming more noticeable this September–the pungent odor of skunk spray.
You might wonder: Why am I seeing so many skunks when spring has passed? And how do I get rid of that awful smell? In today’s blog, Animal Remover, a top-rated animal control service in Cincinnati, OH, explains why skunks are more active in September and how to get rid of that smell.
Why are Skunks More Active in September?
You might think the most active season for skunks is spring–during mating season, which is correct. But another less recognized busy time for skunks is early Fall.
This is because skunk babies born during spring are growing older and braver and venturing out with their parents to learn how to find food.
During early Fall, adult skunks can sense the temperature change and will begin the process of searching for a place to hibernate–which may include hollow logs or under your deck or porch!
Skunk Prevention Tips
You can avoid becoming a victim of a skunk’s stinky spray by following a few simple prevention tips:
- Remove food sources from your yard, including pet food and low hanging bird feeders
- Remove brush and wood piles from your yard
- Seal any potential skunk dens with lattice or mesh wire–including crawl spaces and open areas underneath your deck
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How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell
If you or your pets become an unfortunate victim of skunk spray, don’t worry–there are effective ways of getting rid of the smell. And please put away the tomato juice; that’s just a common myth!
Luckily there’s a reliable solution that is easy to mix up, and it’s made of everyday household products. The recipe is:
- 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap
This formula is safe to use on both people and pets–but may affect the color of your clothing, so be sure to add it to your washing machine to dilute it when cleaning the skunk smell off your clothing.
Leave the solution on you or your pet’s hair for 5 minutes before rinsing, and you can also mix a larger amount of the solution to spray in your yard.
Get Rid of Smelly Skunks: Contact Animal Remover
If skunks have made their home in your yard or under your deck, Animal Remover can help. Our experienced professionals can help remove the skunks effectively and humanely. Call us today at 513-324-WILD or contact us online for more information about our wildlife removal services.