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Nothing in archives for this one. We just bought a new house, we were aware a dead skunk had been
removed in 2013. The smell was not obvious, but now that we live here it's very obvious. Skunk
carcass was removed in 2013 and smell still lingers. I've read all the DIY stuff, but am ready to
pay a professional to get under the crawl space and treat. I think any ground the dead animal was
on needs to be removed/treated as well to get rid of smell. Please let me know if you have any
leads or dealt with this in the past. I did contact Alameda Animal Control as well as they remove
skunks, but my goal is to get rid of smell and learn how to prevent it as well. Thank you!
Sick of stink
I have used Nature's Miracle, an enzyme preparation, to eliminate skunk smell when my
dog has an encouter. It is very effective; good on all kinds of organic smelly things.
(diarrhea, vomit, etc)
However, my experience is that skunk smell dissapates after a week or two, if the dog
tracks it onto carpet or furniture, without treatment. That you continue to have skunk
smell may mean there are still skunks under your house. In which case, you need a
trapper and to seal up the bottom of your house. Good luck.
Seems like the last five or ten years, skunks have become a
problem in Berkeley. I never noticed them before that. Now
I smell them regularly, sometimes once a month, sometimes
once a week, and sometimes even more often than that. The
smell disturbs my sleep and even gives me headaches
sometimes. I am wondering what has changed that I now smell
them so frequently. Anybody have any idea? And what about
getting rid of them? Is there any hope that we could get
them out of the neighborhood? What do you suggest?
I love wildlife, even skunks. I saw them outside once when I
was in the backyard in the evening and they are truly
beautiful. But I don't want them living in this residential
(almost urban!) area. Any ideas you have are appreciated.
We also have skunks in my urban neighborhood, which I mostly
know by smell but last summer we had two sightings in our
yard. The smell can be faint to strong and quite unpleasant,
though it doesn't cause me headaches or other problems. My
only concern is that one of my cats will get skunked.
Here's my perspective- I'm just glad that we humans haven't
managed to banish wildlife from our towns and cities, that
we haven't killed them all off with our blind egotism that
ignores ecological balance. All critters have their place in
the natural world and we have certainly overstepped ours.
The critters were here first, and I believe that it's
incumbent upon us to live in peace with them, however
inconvenient that may be at times.
I'm very glad that you also appreciate wildlife and am very
sorry about your headaches. But even if there was a way to
round up all the skunks and vanquish them- there isn't-
doing so would be a mistake on many levels. Cece
Hello - I have lived in Berkeley for 60 years. I can't
recall a time when we didn't have skunks. There presence may
vary a little from month to month but I don't believe they
are a new phenomenon. I don't know how you 'get rid of
them.' If there is a way, I am eager to hear it. I would
particularly love to keep the deer away from my hydrangeas.
Skunks, raccoons, flower eating deer, fruit eating/bulb
digging squirrels, possums, our urban housemates.
urban fauna galore
Are you sure you are smelling skunks and not pot? I used to
also think it was an influx of skunks, but have since
realized that smoking pot happens any and everywhere and all
times of day and night. Just a thought. sensitive nose
I missed the original post, but a good resource is Gary
Bogue's book, The Racoon Next Door, about living with
wildlife in an urban setting. It doesn't have any magic
answers, but helps to put into perspective ways that we can
all live together. My neighbor used to get skunk traps from
the city, and when he would catch one, the city truck would
come out and gas them in the truck right in front of our
house. I hated that little death chamber. They nested on my
neighbor's property and it was a problem. J
We live on a corner lot and our neighbor directly behind us
has chickens. The chicken coop is about 50 feet from our back
door. The neighborhood skunks are attracted to the chickens at
night. They come through the area, sometimes right by our
bedroom windows, and spray. Of course, this isn't such a big
deal when it's chilly and all the windows are closed. But,
when it's warm and the windows are open it is seriously
stinky! We are getting skunked multiple nights a week. We're
afraid to sleep with our windows open for fear of being awoken
by skunk spray. Instead, we keep the windows closed and get a
hot and fitful night's sleep. So, what to do? I'm sure the
neighbor isn't going to get rid of the chickens. The City of
Berkeley has stated that they do not trap wild animals. Anyone
have a method for keeping the skunks away?
Eeeeeek. I think I would send the neighbors a copy of your
posting. If I knew I was causing that type of aggravation
to my neighbors, I would be deeply ashamed. But beyond
that... maybe you can locate some foxes? If the City of
Berkeley can't take care of the chickens, I know the foxes can!
I doubt it is the chickens that are attracting the skunks.
Your neighbor isn't letting the skunks eat the eggs and
chickens, is she? The skunks have probably found a cozy spot
under the coop to den up. I recommend that you talk to your
neighbor about modifying the foundation of the coop so
animals can't get underneath. Skunks seem to have become
more numerous over the past few years. I think it would help
if everybody excluded them from warm cozy spots like the
areas under sheds and other outbuildings.
There is only one solution to your skunk problem---Eat More
Other than that you could try a fence as skunks can't climb
as ground dwellers. They might try to dig under a short
fence but they won't climb over. They tend to be creatures
of easy opportunity that follow their noses to find food
along an easy route. Something like a dog or cat must be
spooking them to cause the spray. Electric fences will work
but the first few times they get into it they will
automatically spray but then learn not to come around that area.
The skunks might be going for the chicken food and/or water. Ask your
neighbors if they can take in the food at night, not leave it out all day, etc.
We have a skunk that tries night after night to crawl/dig
under a low lying deck in our yard. When we put heavy rocks
all around the perimeter she started trying to dig under the
foundation of our garage. We are afraid that she will try to
have babies under there and, well, you can imagine the rest
I am sure. Does anyone have a way of running them off?
Lights don't work, loud music ditto. HELP!!!!
I've been using Lemon Ammonia (from the hardware store) to
discourage raccoons from nesting under our deck. It has
been working for a couple of years now.
Using an old turkey baster, I spray it between the boards
of the deck here and there (using about a quart), once a
month from Dec to May (when they are nesting).
You can also get pest repellent which is usually hot pepper
flakes that irritate their sensitive noses.
Try putting a radio out in the yard near where she is
digging on a talk station like NPR, it can be very low. This
works to scare off raccoons from nesting under houses, might
work for skunks to!
don't hurt the wildlife, just make them uncomfortable
We had deer, skunk and raccoon problems. You're right most
things don't work, I think the deer thought the lights were
great to help find the smaller roses at night. Scarecrow
motion activated sprinkler. $49 you can find by google was
the only thing beside the compressed air boat airhorn that
worked. The boat airhorn did however allow us to learn
what the next door neighbor wore to bed when he came over
to see what we were up to.
good evening officer
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