Do it Yourself Skunk Control gone wrong near Denver, Colorado
Posted by animalcontrol on June 4, 2009
Years ago a female skunk made her home under what is now my parents’ home on a ranch in central Colorado. The home is an old one and the result of numerous additions over nearly 100 years. There is not much foundation under the house, so in order to access the pipes under the bathroom a tunnel had been dug to provide access through a very small crawl space.
This mama skunk determined that the tunnel was a great place for a family and eventually had a litter of babies. Having now six of these creatures living under the house created a smell that would have to be experienced to be believed. But, what to do about it?
My grandfather consulted a neighbor, Roy, who had a surefire, guaranteed solution. He had the foolish idea to run a hose from the exhaust of the pickup into the tunnel under the bathroom. He thought it would drive them out where they could be shot.
(NOTE: This is a BAD idea, very dangerous and could have killed the people in the house. Please never attempt this foolish technique at your home or your neighbor’s home.)
The old ranch truck was backed up to the house and the hose positioned. A shooter was ready and waiting. The animals never appeared. They died under the house. Live ones are bad but dead skunks are worse. The smell of dead skunk made the home truly unlivable.
My grandfather had to crawl to the very back of the crawl space and haul out all the dead skunks. Every trip out from under the house he would drop a rotten carcass, vomit and crawl back under. The smell was so severe he became sick and remained weak and ill for a long time afterwards.
After the whole experience was over and people had time to think about it everyone agreed that we were very lucky to have only dead skunks, and not people. Too bad my grandfather didn’t know about wildlife control contractors. Actually, they didn’t even exist then. This was over 40 years ago and people had to fend for themselves. We are lucky to have professional help available for nuisance animal problems today.
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