SKUNKS!!!

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  1. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    I was just about to type out another recommendation for a Santana profile neck carve while sitting on my front stoop, when outta the corner of my eye I saw something move.

    I looked, jumped back, and shrieked when I came eye to eye with a skunk. The little bastard turned and sprayed, and I jumped practically four feet sideways to avoid getting hit.

    Stripped, tossed my clothes in the washer, and ran to the shower. My wife says I don’t smell but.... it’s burning my nostrils. Doesn’t at all smell like sticky icky weed... more like rancid Szechwan...

    I’ve called the management company for my HOA.... not exaggerating... at least seven times in the past two years to come out and/or trap and backfill this bastards hole. I can’t stand it anymore! They’re getting an earful again tomorrow, and I’m gonna demand they actually do something or I’m taking it into my own hands.

    Anyone got skunk advice or horror stories?
     
  2. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Ugh, brutal! No advice but supposedly tomato juice is supposed to get rid of the smell.
     
  3. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    Tomato juice does work.
    Suggest a Havaheart trap and drop the little bugger off inside your HOA office.
     
  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc I like to party, mmm hmm, everybody does.

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    I wanna drop it off at the management company office.

    If I could find a way to get it there without having to burn my car down after...
     
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  5. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules I'm sailing

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    We were camping at the state park campgrounds that we go to often because it’s 10 minutes from home and has a beautiful lake. We were sitting around the camp fire one night (about 10 of us) and Amy says “don’t move!” I said “why” she said “just don’t move.” Before the words were out of her mouth, I felt something rub the inside of both my ankles... I was sitting in a lawn chair with my feet maybe 6” apart, and a skunk literally walked right between my legs! I froze til he walked about 10 feet past me, and then hit him with “the skunkblinder” as I affectionately named my biggest flashlight.

    The light has a 3” halogen bulb and a 6V battery. It puts out a light so intense it looks like you could walk across the beam. Whenever skunks got on our site, I’d point it right in their eyes and they’d turn and go back into the woods, but this time he snuck up behind me. No spraying though.

    Interestingly enough (or not, but I’m going to tell it anyway) we camped there for YEARS and there were always skunks around. I mean if we camped for a week 3 different times during a year, we’d maybe have 1-2 nights the whole summer that we didn’t see skunks. About 10 years ago, they started allowing dogs in the state park campgrounds. In 3-4 trips a year there now, I might see one skunk per year. Raccoons are everywhere though once the lights go out.
     
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  6. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    Tomato juice will help but only time really stops it. This is how I know...

    Maybe 10 years ago my wife and I were in the downstairs living room watching TV and our beagle went out the doggy door across from us. He started barking as he often does and then in just a minute or two he came tearing through the doggy door with his nose on the carpet and rubbing his ears across the floor. Then we smelt it. He was trying to get that secret sauce off his face and ears. We grabbed him and got him out the door but it was too late. The tomato juice helped get the small off the puppy, but we couldn't use it on the carpet unless we wanted a big red spot right in front of the door. We tried all kinds of things but only time really did it. We didn't spend much time downstairs for a month or so.
     
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  7. Tucson Thump

    Tucson Thump Mint Heavy Relic

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    May an internet search engine serve the righteous.
     
  8. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Worst I've had is banging a skunk with my car.
    Do not use the air A/C.
    Do not open the window.
    Go through the car wash until your bank account is depleted.
     
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  9. Rockmark

    Rockmark New Member

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    First Rule is don't go near any of your guitars!!!!:eek:Second rule is don't touch any of your guitars! Bummer:oops:
     
  10. merciful-evans

    merciful-evans Portsmouth uk

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    Glad to say I've never encountered one on visits to US.

    yuk!
     
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  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Too cold up here for them. Sounds terrible.
     
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  12. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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  13. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    The last skunk I encountered, I shot him.
    Because F- him, that's why.
     
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  14. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    A not too close relative is a trapper and takes the essence from the skunk’s glands and makes insect repellent from it. It works for him.
     
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  15. mark cassidy

    mark cassidy New Member

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    Tomato juice works for sure. Had to use it on a dog that got sprayed many years ago. Kept him in the garage until we were done washing him down, poor thing. Need LOTS of juice though!
     
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  16. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

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    Finally, a PRS with a skunk stripe down the neck!
     
  17. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Ugh! When the wife was still working, and I was up at 4:00 AM, I would walk the dogs at about 5:15. We used to see skunks all of the time, in our very urban neighborhood. I never had a run in with one, but more than once detoured on our walk after seeing a skunk. The Mrs had the only real run in. She was walking our Border Collie one Saturday morning, about 10 years ago. The pooch went into a bush in someone's front yard after something. Mrs never saw anything, the dog just knew a critter was in there. Anyway, it was a skunk. Dog got sprayed. One wash with this concoction took care of it.

    1. ¼ cup of baking soda.
    2. 1-2 teaspoons of mild dishwashing detergent like Ivory Snow.
    3. 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution.
    4. Mix in a bucket and use immediately.
    5. Work the foaming mixture well into the coat.
    6. Leave on for five minutes.
    7. Rinse with warm water.
    8. Follow with dog shampoo if desired.
     
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  18. Shawn@PRS

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    I had a group of skunks walk through my camp site once, but thankfully they did not spray. But I could still smell them as they walked on.
     
  19. matonanjin

    matonanjin New Member

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    Routinely, meaning every year or two, we have to go through the tomato juice routine with one of our dogs. We love living in the country where we do. But this is certainly one of the disadvantages.
     
  20. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I get the feeling the repellent is not just targeting insects.
     

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