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Blog entry by Transition posted 07-20-2011 05:30 AM 2112 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My garage is an old barn. It is partitioned into three sections: 1) a 20’x20’ on the bottom right, 2) a 10’x20’ on the bottom left with stairs to 3)my shop on the second floor. So last night I was building some shelving on the bottom right. When I finished aroung 10pm, I took a 45min break to grab a bite. When I returned, I started filling the shelves. In the room on the left I heard a rustling noise. I peeked through the connecting door and discovered… a skunk. Fortunately he did not see me, so I propped open the door, jumped into the bed of my pickup truck parked outside and waited for him to leave. And waited. And waited. Finally he came scurrying out… with two other skunks following close behind! But Instead of leaving they decided to investigate the room where I was building the shelving. So I retreated to my house and waited some more. I guess they approved of the shelving, as they did not adorn my garage, and eventually left. I’m greatful for a couple of things: 1) They don’t apear to be nesting in my garage and 2) I wasn’t following my usual routine of working in the shop, as I would have walked right in on them.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#1 posted 07-20-2011 05:38 AM

Once you get over being sick from the odor you can get it off by bathing in Massingail (SP) Douche. Cleans you right up.

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#2 posted 07-20-2011 07:04 AM

Just cleansing is needed. You can easily get out of it.

next day delivery

-- Wellis Sort

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#3 posted 07-20-2011 12:27 PM

Soaking in Tomato juice works to.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 12:58 PM

I believe he meant that they did not spray (adorn) his garage / shop.

LOL at the look on the Walgreen clerk’s face as he lady goes through the line with 50 packets of Massingill, then she explaining it is to fill a tub for her husband.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 02:02 PM

I had the same thing happen several years ago. I was in high school and my uncle was a Dairy Farmer so I worked for him a few afternoons a week after school and every weekend. I would start work about 5:00a.m on the weekends so it was always dark when I got there and the way his barn was set up you came in the door and had to walk to the center of the wall in the dark to get to the light switch. Well one saturday morning when I got to the center and turned on the lights I saw a skunk in the feed trough that ran next to the door that I had just came in so I had walked right past him. As soon as I saw him I froze. My first thought was, what if he sprays me. My second thought was that if he sprays then its going to be rough milking the cows this morning because they can’t go without being milked. I just stood there without moving a muscle for about 20 minutes and finally he ran out of the barn without spraying. I think I took a flash light with me to the barn every morning after that haha

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#6 posted 07-20-2011 02:38 PM

Had one nesting in my garage a couple of years ago. I came upon him nesting/ sleeping inside the cerwin-vega speaker sub woofer hole. Made Len shoot him on the spot- it stunk up the whole garage- but it was worth it. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 07-20-2011 03:07 PM

Vinegar does a fair job at cleaning skunk stink.

-- Greg D.

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#8 posted 07-20-2011 03:28 PM

I lucked out and did not get sprayed…

I had them under my house a couple of years ago. They were stinking up the place pretty bad, and digging under the foundation. I’m a “live and let live” kinda guy, so I wanted to just chase them away. I bought some smoke bombs at the hardware store and threw them into the hole. It turns out that this technique is very effective at elliminating the skunk problem, permanently, which is not what I wanted. Unfortunately, it is also not so good at eliminating the smell problem! In the end, I think he survived, as the hole, which I filled in, was re-excavated about two weeks later.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#9 posted 07-20-2011 03:46 PM

I have a cousin that trapped skunks during winters in high school for extra money. He said that if you pick
them up by the tail, they cannot brace their rear legs and spray, was never brave enough to try it. My
uncle was told that if you shoot them in the head, they die instantly and will not spray, shot one in the
head in the corner area of an L shaped house. It promptly rolled over and sprayed up the corner of the
house, took a week of tomato juice and a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixed and
sprayed on the spot to kill the smell. Took my aunt a lot longer to forgive us. Best method of removal
for me is a sniper scoped mini 14 target rifle at over 100 yards and well away from any human habitat.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 07-20-2011 04:04 PM

Glad you didn’t get sprayed. Some people get lucky, but let me tell you about the luckiest person I ever heard of.
It was my cousins (female) birthday when her son (he was around seven at the time) came running in with a “birthday present”. It was a shoebox (actually a boot box) with something obviously moving around inside. She got a good hold of the box as she took it from her son while muttering “oh crap” under her breath. We knew already that he had caught a squirrel, raccon, or something, as a “present.
Yep, because of the nature of this post, you already know what’s coming.
It was a SKUNK!
I don’t know how in the world that boy got that skunk into the box without getting sprayed. I do know that after the skunk got loose in the living room that his mother, her husband, a freind that was there, and their brand new sofa, was not so lucky.


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#11 posted 07-20-2011 04:58 PM

William, Don’t tell my wife that story! She’s been antagonizing for a new couch for a while now :)

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#12 posted 07-20-2011 05:50 PM

Wiiliam—after that did they adopt him out?
Had a brother that used to trap alot and once in a while he got skunked. He had to take his clothes off in the garage and then burn them. Wife would then spray him with a hose(brrr) before she let him into the shower.
Then the douche powder like someone said before.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 07-20-2011 05:54 PM

No. But that same cousin (the little boy) seen some baby raccoons and tried to get some welding gloves and pick them up. A trip to the emergency room proved what an angry raccoon mother can do through welding gloves.


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#14 posted 07-20-2011 09:57 PM

William – THAT is a GOOD story! I have a 5yr old son. I can see many such incidents in my future…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#15 posted 07-21-2011 04:23 AM

We had one come into our attached garage, patio area. An older fellow told me to put a pipe close beside, shine a light on the area it was in, the skunk wil go into the dark. Then connect a hose to tailpipe of car and run the car a few minutes. It was enough to mellow the skunk out and I was able to carry him away on a hay fork back into the wild.NO SPRAY any where.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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