Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Skunk update

Does anyone remember how there was a skunk living under our shed in the backyard? Oh, wait, a quick search indicates I didn’t actually blog about that, only tweeted. Well here’s the story: This summer, we discovered that a skunk was living under the shed in our backyard. I had actually been suspecting this for several summers now, but I chose ignorance and never actually investigated. But then this happened:


We immediately took the following proactive steps:

1.       Posted a photo on twitter
2.       Fretted
3.       Googled “get rid of skunks”
4.       Put down flour at the entrance/exit to the under-shed paradise (to watch for footprints)
5.       Forgot to look for footprints before it rained
6.       Talked a lot of smack about buying a light to shine under there
7.       Called the city, were told it’s not their problem but be advised we have to KILL it, we are not allowed to catch and release it
8.       Called the pest-control guy recommended by the city, were told it would cost “$150 and up”
9.       Became concerned about the “and up” part
10.   Called our regular pest-control guy, were told it would cost $495
11.   Discussed the costs and labor involved in preventing skunk access to the shed – agreed it sounds like an awful lot of work
12.   Discussed the logistics of just agreeing to live in peace with the skunk which is, after all, nocturnal
13.   Put down more flour
14.   Checked for footprints but never saw any at all
15.   Sprayed some “Critter Ridder,” given to us by my in-laws, all over the yard
16.   Bought some mothballs for $5.37
17.   Left them on the stairs for several days
18.   Finally tossed some mothballs under the shed
19.   Was told by Andrew that the entrance the skunk was using was in the BACK of the shed, not on the side, so all the flour I was putting down was in the wrong place entirely
20.   Crossed our fingers

Thanks to our quick and decisive action, we believe we have successfully eradicated the skunk based on the fact that we never smelled it again after putting down the Critter Ridder. The flour never told us anything, not even after I sprinkled it near the actual entrance the skunk was using - or at least what we think the skunk was using - so we don’t have any actual evidence. But I’m sure it’s totally fine now.  


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