3. Skunks chew their way into attics and crawl spaces. Fact or myth?
Myth! Skunks like to dig. They rarely cause gnawing or chewing
damage, and they are not good climbers. They will be happy to dig
through your refuse for tasty food you might have left for them and they
are willing to work hard to tear up your lawn to help rid you of slugs
and snails. They will also provide clean-up service for any pet food you
leave lying around your deck, and have been known to come in pet doors
to help out in this way.
4. Tomato juice is the best solution to neutralize skunk odor. Fact or myth?
Myth! Tomato juice only masks the odor to your nose-- temporarily.
Better products are available for sale, or you can make your own. If
your pet has been sprayed, bathe him in a freshly-made mixture of 1
quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from the drug store), 1/4 cup of baking soda
(sodium bicarbonate) and a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. After 5
minutes, rinse your pet with water. Repeat if necessary. For clothing and
surfaces, a diluted chlorine bleach solution will neutralize the odor.
5. Skunks have no predators. Fact or myth?
Myth! Skunks don’t have a lot of predators because of their stink, but although the olfactory sense in birds like Great Horned Owls
isn't well understood, we do know that these raptors find them very tasty!
6. Skunks were introduced to the Americas from Europe. Fact or myth?
Myth! Two skunk species inhabit Indonesia and the Philippines; all
other skunks are native to the Americas from Canada to central South
America. Although notorious throughout their range for their ability to spray, skunks won’t fire unless provoked. Don’t corner them.
7. Trapping and relocating a nuisance skunk will solve the problem humanely. Fact or myth?
Myth! Relocating any wild animal is illegal because it spreads
diseases to other populations, makes it someone else's problem, and
usually causes the animal's death. If the source of the problem remains
(e.g. a food source or a nice den site), another animal will just take
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