Skip to comments.Skunks Wage Turf Battle Over New Homes
Posted on 05/30/2006 4:53:45 PM PDT by decimon
STOCKTON, Calif. - Residents of new housing developments on the outskirts of San Joaquin County cities are waging a stinky turf battle with skunks.
Animal control officials warned residents that skunks are holding on to their underground burrows even as brand new homes take root above.
"They're just a nuisance right now," said Tom Ramirez, who supervises animal control for the Stockton Police Department. "They're multiplying everywhere."
Skunks live in dens that hold up to 75 animals, Ramirez said. New development hasn't scared them, only pushed them deeper, he said.
If bothered, skunks can spray a foul scent up to 10 feet.
No prop 215 activity going on in CA, none at all.
This story would'nt have fooled my mom 20 some years ago.
Throw mothballs down in their dens and they will leave.
Does that work with woodchucks?
If you (or your dog or cat) get skunked, use the following formula to remove the smell:
1 quart hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
squirt of dishwashing detergent
mix and use it quick because the peroxide reacts with the baking soda.
I've used it on my dog multiple times (yeah he's that dumb) and it really works. All the other remedies (tomato juice, etc.) are more expensive and don't work.
Wait until some squirrel starts ripping off insulation to pad her den. Until we could block access, I was starting to feel like Bill Murray in, "Caddyshack". Gophers aren't much better...
Caught the little sh*t in my utility room chowing down on cat food, last week.
I was told it would drive out "critters" from under my porch, so it would probably be worth a try.
That, or you can do what we did with the moles in the garden..... attached a hose to the tailpipe of Mr G's motorcycle and poisoned them.
We are fighting squirrels right now. They are eating the logs on our log house!
Talked to the wildlife people and they said rat traps with peanut butter. Doesn't work. Only thing that works is a shotgun to turn them into a pink mist.
Is that true? Are skunks communal?
Ohhhh.....skunks. I thought the subject said Skanks and it was another Paris Hilton thread. Never mind.
Our doggie got skunked, I called the emergency animal hospital and they gave me that exact recipe. Yes, it really works!
I'm sorry! I clicked on this thread by mistake - I thought it was about Congress and "Legislative Privilege".
Skunks are bad but Dems stink worse!
Minor stuff. I have drawer possums. < /inside joke > Long story. To date, I have relocated 7 of the little b*st*rds, two just this morning. Every night, I'm wondering where the next one is going to turn up. I feel like I'm caught up in some comedy/horror movie.
Unfortunately you're right. We live in a manufactured home, and this little devil is bold as brass. My cats have disappeared, and the only line of defense is the cat and dogs next door, where its burrow is located.
It's pretty bad when a squirrel stares you down on your back porch. Even the coyotes have more respect :(
Drawer possums? They tore up land down in Torrance several years ago, and we were inundated with raccoons and possums! We actually had a bunch of them in a cage, and the kids named them. Unfortunately, my grandbaby came to visit, and since they carry rabies, we had to let them go. Awesome possums!
They do make a mess though, so I'm sorry if they're messing up your home. My kids had never seen these critters, and fell in love : )
On a serious note, since my cats took off, we've found a mouse infestation. It's great on one hand, we breed snakes. They live on mice and rats, and it gets expensive. OTOH, deer mice carry Hanta virus, and are too big for the damn trap. I'm cleaning up mice poop all the darn time. Wish I hadn't thrown those blasted cats out of the house :)
I didn't see any the next night, but there was evidence the next morning. When I got up, the trash can next to the computer was turned over, the mouse had been moved, the control panel folder was open and the "accessibility options" icon was highlighted. (No; I'm not kidding!) So I got some electronic repellent devices. The noise only annoyed them and drove them to higher ground, apparently.
So anyway, last night I got up to get something out the kitchen. I opened a drawer, and there was a possum in it. I opened the two drawers next to it, and there was a possum in all three, including the silverware drawer! That totally grossed me out. So, I snatched one of the possums and took him for a ride. When I got back, one of the others was still sitting in a drawer staring at me. I grabbed everything out of the silverware drawer and put it in to soak in a bleach solution. The possum disappeared into the wall somewhere.
Well, by this point, I'm starting to feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. Then, I got up this mornning and was in the bathroom getting ready for work. When I opened one of the bathroom drawers, there was not one, but two possums in it...and not only in the drawer, but they had stuffed themselves into an almost full bag of cotton balls, with only their heads sticking out. I grabbed a box and tossed the possums, cottonballs and all in it, weighted the top and finished getting ready. I drove the little devils clear to the other side of the next county. Haven't seen or heard any tonight, but I'm not declaring victory just yet.
Did I mention that I'm moving next week? LOL! Actually, the possums had nothing to do with it, but it works out pretty well. I just hope I don't have any stowaways in the packing. Time to get another cat.
I wouldn't reccommend throwing anything at them.
They got the edge and they know it. One time I was on my way into work at about 8 or 9 at night. Although my company's office was located near a ravine and a large park, I must say I was suprised to look up and see a rather large cat.. er.. or is that a skunk munching flowers three feet in front of me! Needless, to say I backed up real slow, and went home. The skunk didn't even flinch. I hadn't startled it at all. It just went right on dining as if it hadn't a care in the world.
Those skunks know that we know better.
Oh no! I thought it was bad that they were living in boxes in my garage! They never got into any of my drawers, thank goodness.
I saw the first one in the den. Thought it was a giant rat until I saw her face. She was preggers. My neighbor down the street had a raccoon in her attic. Animal control took their sweet time coming over.
Don't seal your boxes until they're ready to be loaded onto the truck, just in case. Those are some crafty critters. Get a cat and a terrier at the same time, so they get along. Those little terriers are great at catching varmints : )
Time to check the mouse traps...
Do not ask dighton, then, to let you borrow his. :D