Pepe Le Pew

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I have never actually taken the time to blog about all my run-ins with the neighborhood skunks. Usually it's a close call that leaves me breathless with a racing heart. And while we've seen skunks dozens of times, we've been lucky (?) enough to only have to deal with a direct hit twice.

Four summers ago when our cats were kittens, a young skunk faced off with Panda, our black and white cat, and the victim in the skunk attack was the sliding glass door and the side of the house. Most people can recognize the telltale scent, but when you're up close and personal with it, it is much more than you can even imagine. The scent is quite different and it permeates everything. It gets into everything and after a while your nose becomes desensitized and you can't actually smell the stink. Until you leave and come back. And then I'm afraid that I smell like skunk, too. After some internet searches, I found a recipe for a spray to clean off the house. It worked quite well. I also found a suggestion to neutralize the air in the house. I put the rest of the spray under the kitchen sink and didn't have to pull it out again. Until today.

Last night around 11:30 we let the dog out for her final potty run. The events are unclear because it was dark, and we're not even sure if she ended up directly in the path of the skunk, because she never barked, but when Frugaldad caught a whiff, he called her back to him and she was smelly. We knew she couldn't sleep in the house so we moved her kennel to the deck off our bedroom and had her sleep outside. This morning we realized that might not have been the best idea, because the smell seemed to be concentrated right back there, around the cat's house. I spent the morning washing down the sides of the house and sliding doors and the cat house, and the dog has been roped up in the yard until she smells a little better. We turned on the sprinklers and let her run around for a bit before she went to bed, so she isn't as smelly as she could be, but she still stinks! I've been burning candles and neutralizing the house air and I think we're cleaning things out, but I'm going to have to leave the house and come back to be sure.

Ahhh, the joys of living in the country.

De-skunking spray
With 1 gallon of hot water, mix
1 cup ammonia
1/4 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar.

Spray on your house/windows/screens and let dry, then hose off.

Air neutralizer
In the affected room, put three small bowls--one of vinegar, one of vanilla, and one of ammonia. Then leave them until the stink is gone.