Wild Animals/skunks


My gosh we have been blasted 3 times this yr at night from skunks spraying. One time think he actually got in basement. Working on how. The potency is so extreme kills our throats and severe headaches. Smell lasted 9 days with fans! My landlord has finally said I can get help but until then what is your ratio of peroxide to baking powder? what about the hanging of moth balls? Work? Please we literally can't breath. Two people live upstairs and they are effected but not as bad. So any help would be appreciated. If you live in CT will pay you to come solve problem via land lord.Thanks, Barbara

Dear Barbara

Thank you for your question.I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used. Please note that I am not a chemist and I cannot guarantee if any of the remedies will work.

There are various products that claim to remove skunk odour.They include Smelleze (http://noodor.com/p/skunk-smell-odor-spray-removal-rid-get-dog-remove.html#.USEy).

Paul Krebaum (http://home.earthlink.net/~skunkremedy/home/), Askville (http://askville.amazon.com/rid-skunk-odor-house-car/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=29), Jonathan Hatch (http://askville.amazon.com/rid-skunk-odor-house-car/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=29) and Stephen Vantassel, Scott Hygnstrom and Dennis Ferraro
(http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/epublic/live/g2100/build/g2100.pdf)provide useful advice.

Please contact a pest controller if you are unsure what to do. While I understand that you want to get rid of the smell quickly, some of the chemicals mentioned in the above websites can be harmful and care must be taken when using them. The pest controller can also provide information about how to prevent skunks entering your basement and how to deter them from your property.

The following websites give information about howto get rid of skunks: http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/pest-control/how-to-get-rid-of-skunks/, http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/ipm/msg0907064117990.html and http://www.ehow.com/how_2304556_get-rid-skunks.html.

I hope this helps.

All the best


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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