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There are times when you may face one of the scariest sites that any person can imagine. You are sitting out on your lawn or in your yard one evening when all of a sudden out of the darkness comes a skunk heading right toward you. Fear begins to cover over you as you panic at the thought of being sprayed by one of these horrible creatures. Clearly, there is reason to be quite petrified.
Your first reaction is to simply race for your door and get inside as quickly as possible. Separated from the possibility of this animal spraying or attacking you by getting inside, has remove your fear and left you feeling at peace with the world once again.
Then a more troubling thought starts to cross your mind. Just because you went inside does not mean that the skunk decided that it would leave. It didn’t come to hang out with you, and now that you are inside it will leave. It will likely hang around looking to see if it can find food somewhere on your property or, even worse, it may decide to stay on your property and make your home its new residents. If those things don’t terrify you, then you must have ice water in your veins.
You want to do whatever you can to scare away the skunk, but you also understand that virtually any action that you take that puts you in close proximity with this creature puts you at risk of being sprayed by it. That is something you want to avoid at all costs because trying to get rid of that sent that they spray can take days and will make every single person you know treat you like you are the plague. Your house will smell, your yard, and you will stink. Clearly, none of those things appeals to you.
The best solution to take at this point is to use a measure that allows you to scare the creature but keeps it as far away from you as possible. One way to try to do this is to use a bright light to scare it. Skunks are nocturnal creatures, thus they avoid the daylight as much as possible. By shining a bright light on it, you could startle it enough to get it to go away.
If that does not work, then the next option is to try to spray the skunk with water to try to get it to run. What you do is to attach a sprayer to your hose and as forcefully as possible spray the water at the skunk. This should scare it enough and since it does not have an enemy to spray, it will look to simply run away.
This has been found to be a very effective technique in getting rid of skunks, and you will likely find that it will work quite well for you as well. This way you scare it off without risking getting sprayed.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How much does skunk removal cost?
- get the lowdown on prices.
How to get rid of skunks
- my main skunk removal info guide.