Myth: Tomato Juice is The Best Way to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

Smelly Superstitions About Skunks

The classic remedy of tomato juice to rid someone of powerful skunk smell is not as effective as we were led to believe. A tomato bath has limited effectiveness. The best way to abate the stink is to combine hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap and rub all over the “victim.” You can also boil vinegar, cool, and apply on the area that has been sprayed. A cup of bleach in a gallon of water is also effective for washing skunk smell off buildings, but is not recommended for human or animal use because of its toxicity.

Myth: Skunks are Nocturnal and Carry Rabies

Skunk Spray Does More Than Smell, It Can Hurt Your Dog

Any animal that has been bitten by a rabies carrier will contract the disease. Skunks aren’t more likely to carry rabies than that domestic cat you see walking around the neighborhood. Many animals avoid skunk spray, so skunks are less likely to have rabies than many other animals. As for daytime activity, skunks are active whenever food is accessible, and are likely to be active during dawn and dusk hours.

Myth: Skunks are Aggressive and Will Always Spray

Every Stinking thing you need to know about Skunks

Similar to a lot of “aggressive” animals, skunks are more defensive than anything else. They will only attack or spray if they feel they or their family is in danger. Avoid any skunk nest and look out for warning signs (such as the animal hissing and turning toward you). Skunks are not necessarily harmless, but they will usually leave you alone if you step away from them carefully.

If skunks have invaded your home or work space, they can lead to structural damage. Contact Liddle Rascals at (416) 356-5886 for humane and safe skunk removal.

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