If you have a
skunk that is making the rounds around your
property then you clearly want them to go away.
These animals, when scared, release the most
pungent and horrific spray that you can possibly
imagine. If you have driven down the road and
come across a place where a skunk has been hit
then you know exactly what I am talking about.
That smell can be absolutely horrific.
The problem is that the smell is not the only
issue. These animals are big carriers of disease
and parasites and these things can be quite
hazardous to you, your family, and your pets.
This is why you not only want them to go away,
but you want them to stay away!
The solution that many look for is to see if
there are homemade remedies that can be employed
to get rid of them. Something that can be laid
out around your property and that will cause the
skunk to stay away. If you read on the internet,
there is a lot of discussion about using ammonia
or mothballs to get these animals to stay away,
which may make you wonder if this actually
The theory behind it makes some sense. The
chemical compound that is used in mothballs is
quite abrasive and irritating to skunks. Of
course, if you have smelled ammonia yourself
then you know that this is a horrific smelling
cleaner. It works to clean well, but the smell
is not a pleasant one. That is why pine smell
and other fragrances are added to eliminate the
powerful odor of ammonia.
With this in mind, it would seem then that this
would really work, but the truth is that it does
not. First of all, for either to have any kind
of effect you must use a large amount of either
product. This will likely kill the grass and
other plants that you have in the area, and will
make the smell quite overwhelming for even
You also have to realize that this will wear off
rather rapidly. When you clean your sink with
ammonia and come back even a few hours later you
can tell that ammonia was used but the smell is
not nearly as strong. This is what will happen
outside, but even more rapidly. You are in the
open air so the effect will literally disappear
with the wind.
When it rains, the mothballs and ammonia will be
washed away, and you will have to keep putting
the stuff out there. This will get quite costly
and time consuming.
If you are looking for a way to keep skunks
away, you need to look at much better options
than this. It really is not even worth trying
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