Fun Facts About Wildlife: Skunks
- Skunks belong to Musteloidea superfamily which is the same family of martens, otters, weasels, raccoons and badgers. They are small to medium sized animals that are omnivores which mean a plant and meat were eating the animal.
- Skunk’s gestation period is 66 days and may have 4 to 6 kits
- Skunks are identifiable through their stripes such as in Adult striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis and the adult spotted skunk, Spilogale gracious.
- Skunks’ menu includes insects such as cockroaches, spiders, small nesting birds eggs
- In the UK, skunks can be kept as pets, but it is illegal to remove their glands before animal welfare act of 2006. On the other hand, In Canada, pet skunks are allowed when it is neutered, documented and spayed although breeding is illegal.
Skunk Spray and Chemical Composition
- Beware when messing with skunks since they can spray nasty fluid. Just under the skunk’s anus, are two nipples that spray the liquid. When threatened, skunks uses the spray to ward off wannabe predators. Wonder, how skunk spray smells? Unlucky folks that got the nasty spray described the smell as putrid that will linger on clothing or skin even when washed with soap. They described the smell like that of strong body odor from a person who forgot to bath for a week. It also smells like burnt rubber, strong piss smell, rotting coffee and strong ammonia. Chemically, the spray contains crotyl mercaptan, isopentyl mercaptan and methyl crotyl disulfide, crotyl mercaptan. Likewise, it is a compound of thiols, methyl quinoline and thioacetates. These chemicals make the odor last longer and strong even when washed with water.
- Skunk spray odor smells horrible that it can be detected 1 mile away. It is an irritant that can cause temporary blindness. When sprayed on pets, it can cause sneezing, vomiting, temporary blindness
Skunk Odor Removal
- Looking how to scrub that soap resistant skunk smell? Use hydrogen peroxide, soap, and baking soda. This formula has been proven by Discovery channel’s show Mythbusters.
- The formula: 1 to tbsp. of liquid soap
- 1 quart or 32 ounces of 3% Hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup of Baking soda
As a Wildlife nuisance
- Skunks are docile animals and are beneficial to ecosystem and humans. Skunks are not dangerous to humans, nor they live to cause the nuisance. Just like any animals, when they decide to move from wild to urban life, some things go wrong. Since they eat a range of plants and animals preys, they sometimes resort to scavenging. They can be attracted to waste bins to search for food leftovers which can partially eat or rotten food. This behavior causes them to encroach in homes, live in an attic, hide in wall spaces and stay in the ceiling. They can burrow holes and damage garden vegetable and root crops. When these happen, skunks can spray pets and humans and might leave droppings.
Skunk Humane Removal
For humane removal, it is advised to avoid using poisons. Use food triggered traps by hanging a piece of bread, other hand fruit or banana. There is also a kind of trap that allows the animal to enter but not to go outside. The drawback of using poisons is that it can leave you dealing with the rotten carcass that you will just discover when it started giving that stink bomb odor. For best results, contact a professional wildlife animal removal for the long-term skunk and humane removal solution.
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