A Smelly Situation

 

SkunkSometimes you’re just not as smart as you think you are!  Such was the case tonight as I was taking my dogs out for their nightly “break.” 

Let me back up just a bit…This summer I dug and planted a flower bed by my back door.  I was proud of it until I realized that flower beds are like neon signs for fast food to lots of critters. 

A surprise!  One of those critters showed off for me one night as I was taking my dogs out.  This little black and white critter dancing just steps from my back door was the most beautiful skunk I had ever seen…I haven’t SEEN many… Later that night it decided my flower bed was the perfect place to dine. 

To catch a skunk -  What to do?  I tried to trap it, but to no avail.  I tried cayenne pepper – I read that somewhere – but I think the skunk liked it.  The cows sure did.  They licked it off of the grass.  I did notice they had a little pep in their step later.  

To the Rescue!   While we were gone on vacation last week, my father-in-law helped us out and trapped not one but THREE skunks by our house!    Woo Hoo!  Thank you!  Goodbye Pepe Le Pews!  Three skunks – Wow!

Not out of the “woods” yet!  However, my flower garden buffet attracted another critter – an armadillo.  For several nights I waited for Mr. Ironsides to spring my trap.  But the smart armadillo avoided the trap and kept enjoying the all-he-could-eat buffet. 

No Fear!  I can take care of this!  Tonight as I was taking out my dogs I spotted him!  Mr. Ironsides (the armadillo) was HUGE!  I tried to wake my husband to see if he could help, but he was sound asleep.  No worries!  I can do this!  I’ll scare the critter to death with the dogs!

What was that?  With the dogs on their leashes, we charged out the door.  My little dogs barked and did their best mean dog impression and charged at the armadillo, pulling me along behind them.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw a black shape dash across the pasture just a few feet from us – that must be the armadillo, I thought.  But no, just a few feet away sat the unsuspecting armadillo.  He got the fright of his life as we chased him out of the yard.  I hate to admit it, but I had lots of fun with that chase…

UH OH!  HOWEVER    my sense of joy and accomplishment soon faded when my nose revealed the awful truth of what the other critter was.  Another skunk!  And it sprayed too! — Thankfully we were not close enough to receive this present – but I can still smell it!

Can you smell this post?  So – tonight as I write this post I have to admit I was not quite as smart as I thought I was and I’m REALLY glad you can’t SMELL this post as well as read it!

Ecclesiastes 10:1

As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

About Kimberly Guthrie

Kimberly Guthrie loves adventures in the outdoors. National Park Ranger, Outdoor instructor, curriculum writer, teacher and guide at Mount St. Helens’ Seven Wonders Museum are some of her life adventures. Kim continues to write and teach about the outdoors. Currently, she serves as outdoor education consultant for Allaso Ranch near Hawkins, Texas. Kim holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from University of Central Arkansas and a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.
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5 Responses to A Smelly Situation

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  2. SHEA says:

    THE REMEDY FOR YOUR CRITTER PROBLEMS IS MOTHBALLS. NOTHING WANTS TO BE AROUND THEM!! THROW A FEW UNDER THE HOUSE AND 1 OR 2 IN YOUR FLOWER BED. DON’T PUT TOO MANY OR YOU WILL BE OVERCOME BY THE SMELL.

    I LIVE ON A CORNER WHERE ALL DOGS (ON OR OFF A LEASH) LIKED TO POOP. I PUT 5 AT THE CORNER AND HAVEN’T HAD A PROBLEM SINCE BECAUSE THE RAIN PUT THE SMELL IN THE GROUND.

    ALSO, PUT ONE AT THE OPENING OF AN ANT BED, PUSH IT DOWN WITH YOUR FOOT, THEN SLOWLY POUR ABOUT 2 CUPS OF BOILING WATER . THE CHEMICAL WILL KILL THE ANTS.

    • kimgjones says:

      Thanks so much for the info Shea! It sounds like a wonderful way to get rid of this problem. However… I’m seriously allergic to moth balls. When I was a child my lips became REALLY swollen when I was near them. Umm — it was a sight to behold. Any other suggestions? REALLY appreciate this one. Wish I could use it!

  3. SHEA says:

    A GOOD ALTERNATIVE THAT REPELS SKUNKS IS FOX URINE (LIQUID OR PELLETS). YOU CAN FIND IT AT YOUR LOCAL FEED STORE OR ON LINE. FOXES ARE SERIOUS PREDATORS AND SKUNKS WILL SWIFTLY VACATE ANY AREA WHERE YOU PUT THE URINE.

    • kimgjones says:

      Thanks Shea! When I read the first part of your message I thought I was going to need to go catch a fox and give him a lot of water… However….LOL! I’m very glad to read that I could purchase this “commodity…” LOL! Ummm — wonder how they got it? LOL!

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