13 July 2011

Obnoxious neighbors


I did not take this photo I found it on a free photo site, but the little critters are cute, right? That is until a family of four moves in under your garden shed. *sigh*

I have done some research on how to evict them and the one I like the best, and which I think will WORK the best, will have to wait until dry weather. You see, Colorado is right in the midst of it's yearly monsoonal flow: heavy thunderstorms and rain almost daily. The technique for encouraging those critters to move on? Well, sprinkle some flour outside the entrances to the den and then after dark check for footprints leaving the hole(s). Once the skunks have departed for the night (they are nocturnal animals) fill the holes. I want to not only fill the holes back up but then wrap the foundation and out about one foot with chicken wire.

Wish us luck!

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Good luck Paula. Though those little creatures are cute, I really don't like their smell. And you don't have to be close to notice them. Thanks for sharing the tip.
    cindy

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  2. I like the method you've decided upon for skunk eviction and think the chicken wire wrap is a very good idea!

    Good luck!

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  3. Not only are they pungent guests, they can also be dangerous - especially if rabies is in your area. Good luck, but be careful

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  4. Oh dear, try Moth Balls sprinkled heavily around the area; if that doesn't work, try leaving on loud music..... I know the Moth Balls work.

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  5. My brother had that problem a few summers ago. It became a family outing to go out and watch the skunks head out for an evening "on the town"! LOL

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  6. I love the smell of skunks in the morning

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  7. Makes me think of the song I learned as a Camp Fire Girl . . . . well, I stuck my head in the little skunk's hole and the little skunk said, 'well bless my soul . . . . . .'

    Good Luck!

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  8. I got rid of mine by standing about 10 feet away and taking flash photos of them -- they'd been living under my front walkway and never came back! Didn't like the paparazzi, I guess.

    I tried the flour sprinkled around their hole, but they seemed to have moved out by then...

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  9. This is no good, nope. no good at all. Makes sense to board off the entry to their living space - heck, I'd be real tempted to have a load of concrete pumped underneath that shed whilst the little furry critters are out dancing in the moonlight. :-D

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  10. Oh Paula, I don't envy you this little task. P-Eewwww ;D

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  11. I hope your idea works. We jacket up the shed and sprayed then with water from the hose. Not a happy sight for sure. Angry skunk are not the best to be around!

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  12. Good luck! I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of any skunk revenge if you make them mad though, I'll be interested to learn how this situation gets resolved.

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