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Old 07-03-13, 07:50 PM   #1
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Skunk living under our shed ... HELP!!!

Any ideas on how to get him out? We have a 8' x 12' shed sitting on pavers about 4" off the ground. The pavers are sitting on a bed of pea-gravel (6" depth below ground level). We're too chicken to stick our heads to look under the shed, but we can hear him ... and smell him

We purchased this pepper spray stuff that didn't work. I'm pretty sure the little guy was actually lapping the stuff up.

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What about the over lying shed? Keep your dayjob.
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Put some food 10+ feet outside of the shed with a light trail of scraps. Then stakeout time - shoot it, preferably in the head to avoid further spreading the stick.
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I was able to rid my attic of a raccoon by throwing a bug fogger in there with him. I guess he preferred air that had oxygen to Dow Chemical's best. He never came back.

It's the 4th. One of those big rolls of firecrackers slung into his din should do the trick.
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Put some food 10+ feet outside of the shed with a light trail of scraps. Then stakeout time - shoot it, preferably in the head to avoid further spreading the stick.
No can do. Live in the city ... and it's illegal to kill skunks. I need a more humane method. I'm OK with it simply moving to our neighbour's yard
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I was able to rid my attic of a raccoon by throwing a bug fogger in there with him. I guess he preferred air that had oxygen to Dow Chemical's best. He never came back.

It's the 4th. One of those big rolls of firecrackers slung into his din should do the trick.
Canada Day is on the 1st ... the firecracker dealers have all packed up and gone to the States. I like the bug fogger idea though ... interested in coming over to throw it under the shed for us
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No can do. Live in the city ... and it's illegal to kill skunks. I need a more humane method. I'm OK with it simply moving to our neighbour's yard
Those live animal traps work pretty well but then you have a live skunk in a cage. You might be able to calm it down by putting a blanket over the trap but he'll probably spray as you're approaching.

The alternative would be to block his entrance when he's not there. You might be able to see in there without sticking your face in if you put a mirror on one foot and have someone shine a flashlight in from a little farther back.
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Skunks like roasted peanuts in-shell. That's all I have to offer...
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Not a problem if it is made of metal
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Canada Day is on the 1st ... the firecracker dealers have all packed up and gone to the States. I like the bug fogger idea though ... interested in coming over to throw it under the shed for us
I would love to come to Canada.
Skunks are not that quick to spray. They like to hiss and spit and put on a show first. Although when confronted with a bug bomb I'm sure he'll stink up the place to be sure.
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No can do. Live in the city ... and it's illegal to kill skunks. I need a more humane method. I'm OK with it simply moving to our neighbour's yard
High pressure water hose?
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I tried to convince my wife that she should try the water hose. She's much smarter than she looks
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I would love to come to Canada.
Skunks are not that quick to spray. They like to hiss and spit and put on a show first. Although when confronted with a bug bomb I'm sure he'll stink up the place to be sure.
So torching the shed may still be a viable option...
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I tried to convince my wife that she should try the water hose. She's much smarter than she looks
You know if she reads that post she is going to reconsider using the water hose, just not on the skunk.
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You know if she reads that post she is going to reconsider using the water hose, just not on the skunk.
She already read it Apparently I have to stick my head under the shed
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She already read it Apparently I have to stick my head under the shed
And then she uses the hose?
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Annoy the skunk until he leaves. Oh, and if he turns his back and raises his tail, don't worry, nothing bad will happen!
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And then she uses the hose?
Want to bet where she puts the hose?
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Your Animal Control Dept won't get it? I had to respond to skunk calls when I worked there. They had to be in a humane trap. Since skunks are a good carrier of rabies (here in N. Texas) we killed them on the spot. This consisted of sneaking slowly and quietly up to the cage, sticking the skunk with a syringe full of blue juice attached to a 3-4 foot. You then sneak away and wait for the skunk to go to sleep and die. Then remove the body from the trap. Skunks are pretty calm creatures and I never got sprayed.
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The alternative would be to block his entrance when he's not there. You might be able to see in there without sticking your face in if you put a mirror on one foot and have someone shine a flashlight in from a little farther back.
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if ya put up a sign it will have to leave legaly they dont see to well so write in big letters they speak the same langauge as coons
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