It’s skunk time again! We’ve been seeing lots of skunk families under sheds so far this summer.
By now the baby kits are mobile and it’s a good time to screen off your deck or shed to prevent them from taking up permanent residence!
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Many animals have markings that draw attention to their best weapon – a skunk’s stripes will point right to where their noxious spray comes out! And if the stripes aren’t enough a skunk will often stomp its feet or slap its tail.
2. A young skunk with spots who hasn’t yet developed stripes may even do a handstand to ward off danger in an effort to avoid spraying. Spraying their scent actually renders them helpless until they can ‘reload’.
3. Skunks are nocturnal so their sulfur-smelling defense mechanism is quite useful at night. They can spray up to 10 feet out of their glands causing an offensive, long-lasting smell that can also irritate skin and cause temporary blindness.
4. If you’re not lucky enough to be the 1 in 1000 people with no ability to detect the smell of skunk spray then a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will rid you or your pet of the awful odour.