It's fall, and that means skunks are out and about! The furry striped creatures become more visible during the autumn months as they hustle to store up extra fat to help them survive the cold winter months.
The best way to avoid getting sprayed by a skunk is to—you guessed it—avoid skunks. Many people consider skunks to be nocturnal, but they are actually crepuscular—like ferrets—meaning they are most active at dusk and dawn. So these are the times for you and your dog to be most vigilant when you're walking around outdoors.
Other easy precautions to take:
- Seal areas where skunks might want to squeeze in and dig a den.
- Don't leave pet food outdoors. You might discover a new exotic pet!
- Similarly, keep outdoor trash cans tightly sealed.
Let's say you follow all this advice, and you still come upon a skunk. You have two choices:
- Stand very still and hope it wanders away on its own.
Whatever you do, try not to frighten it. If you see it stomp its legs, you're probably about to get skunked. So run! The skunk will go through these maneuvers hoping to scare you off before he resorts to spraying you. So for goodness' sake, don't let him move on to Plan B. Get out of these fast!
To put things lightly, skunk odor is hard to remove. And no matter what your grandma might have told you, many time-honored methods of skunk smell removal are nothing more than myths.
Here's what doesn't work:
- Diluted vinegar
- Diluted tomato juice
- Lemon juice
Here's what does work:
All-natural Skunk Free! It's a fast-acting spray that helps remove the stench by breaking down the odor-causing components in skunk spray. Plus, it's made in America! Don't wait until you're standing there stinking to high heaven to think about getting some Skunk Free. Have it on-hand now and you'll always be ready.