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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

They're Back!


They're back! The area skunks have returned, and with a vengence. They're all packin a full load and just itchin to let er go. Why are they back? Is it because of the few days of really freaky warm weather? Are they just plain hungry? Or are they responding to a more basic need? You know, "birds and the bees" type stuff. I know I have two things that seem to attract them. Bird feeders, and a yard that has an overabundance of grubs and worms. Several evenings ago several were actually fighting under the feeder, and one let er rip. Gag! I did learn one thing though. The stink came right in the down stairs of the house, but not up stairs. And the upstairs bedroom window was open a bit too. It must have been a full and freah load because it was heavier than air. Haven't quite figured out what to do about them. Someone said a live trap will work. To that I said "OK then what do you do with a live teed off skunk in a trap". My friend said get a big blanket, hold it up in front of yourself, and slowly and quietly walk up to the trap and drap the blanket over the trap. Then you can remove the trap and the skunk and take it some where else. Yeah, right!

4 comments:

Tina said...

Those stinkers!

Valorie said...

Boy do I feel for you. You have my sympathy!

Chris said...

Phewwwwww! I feel for ya, Tom. My Dad has a similar problem with moles. Supposedly because he has an overabundance of those sweet icky little grubs. He's tried everything, all sorts of traps, poisons and the best of all, firecrackers in the holes to no avail. He's now researching how to get rid of the grubs. But, at least his problem isn't stinky.lol
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Lisa said...

ROFLOL at the thought of someone trapping a skunk and walking up to it with a blanket in front of it to put over the trap.... They forgot to tell you to wear a gas mask too...
We don't have skunks just a pain in the butt Raccoon who loves to pull holes in my screens around the patio and pool. Good thing was last year he picked a small lower screen unlike the year before when he chose the biggest panel of all...
Oh and when they get treed they let off some horrible scent too... Plus they use the pool as their personal bathroom. Animal control won't come get them because they carry rabies, fleas and ticks. So I'll have to pay a trapper $150 to set a trap then another $150 for them to remove to another location.
Ughhh what a pain...
Good luck on your skunk problem and thanks for the laugh
Lisa