Skunks are quite dangerous creatures, with the potential of spreading different diseases from deadly rabies to leptospirosis and tularemia among others. However, the one aspect that truly makes them abhorrent is the odour they give out.
A part of their defence mechanism, the odour is given out when the skunk is confronted with danger and is usually their last resort. The smell, however, once it is out of their body, creates such an obstinate smell that the only thing that should be on your mind is to call skunks removal experts.
If your pets have had the misfortune of suffering such a skunk attack and have been left with the smell to tell of their ill-luck, here are a few ways to get rid of the effects.
A potent mix that usually works wonders – although you do have to repeat the process a few times – is one that contains hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing liquid or powder and baking soda. Use ½ cup of baking soda, four teaspoons of dishwashing liquid or powder and four pints of hydrogen peroxide and put this mix into an old bucket, as it will be rendered unusable after this.
Scrub the pet thoroughly with this mix, let it soak for around 3-4 minutes, and then hose it down thoroughly with loads of water. Then, scrub it again and repeat the process until you are sure the smell is no more.
Remember, the spray from a skunk contains an oily substance so water or any other water-based liquid is mostly rendered useless against this spray. Using compounds that can wash away oil is therefore the best way to get rid of skunk odour on your pets.
Get ready for a gruelling couple of hours though, because your pets do not like persistent baths and the skunk odour doesn’t go easily without a few of them!