Now that spring is right around the corner, you can be sure to spot more and more wildlife as the season progresses. A common occurrence this time of year is nuisance skunk activity; after all, this is prime skunk mating season. If you smell that tale-tell odor of skunk spray around your property, it is likely a male skunk marking his mating territory. Furthermore, if you have curious outdoor pets, like cats or dogs, you would be wise to take extra precaution for avoiding nasty, lingering skunk spray attacks.
In fact, continue reading to learn what you need to know about skunk spraying, including the best way to remove skunk odor from pets.
Facts About Skunk Spraying
Skunk spray is a naturally-produced chemical called N-butlymercaptan, which is a pungent combination of thiols (also called mercaptans), and various other sulfur-based compounds. Sulfur odors are often compared to the smell of rotten eggs.
The spray is produced and excreted from their anal scent glands, which are located just alongside the ear-end. For this reason, skunks must lift their tails to eject their spray. You know when a skunk is prepared to spray because they display a certain “dance”, which involves hissing, stomping, and puffing up their fir. Consider this a warning!
Skunk spray is produced solely for defense purposes. Skunks can accurately spray up to 15 feet. They tend to spray when they feel threatened, or when protecting their young. As a very pungent chemical mix, skunk spray can cause severe eye irritation, and even temporary blindness. It will not, however, cause any other significant health problems or injuries.
Interestingly enough, skunks will not spray other skunks, but they will spray anything else. If the spray comes into contact with clothing, skin, or fur, the odor can linger for days, and even weeks at a time. Read our blog, “What To Do if a Skunk Sprays Your Dog” to learn what to do if this ever happens to you.
Another interesting fact about skunk spraying is that it takes up to a week to restore their spray reserves after excreting them. For this reason, skunks really do not want to spray; they only do when they feel like they absolutely have to.
How to Get Rid of Nuisance Skunks
Skunks are a nuisance, and for many reasons. Not only will they spray your pets, they will also rip up your lawn and garden for grubs and more. The best way to protect your property from skunks is to stop them from trespassing onto your yard altogether. Read our blog, “3 Ways To Get Rid of Skunks” to get started on the right path to safe and humane skunk control.
Michigan Skunk Removal and Control
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