I've encountered skunks several times along the years but never once even
came close to being sprayed. I also handraised baby skunks, mainly
domestics, but had one wild litter that a construction crew had stirred
up, & the young were brought to me scared to death. They are not able to
spray when they're so little, but they don't realize they can't, their
instinct to try precedes the ability. These tiny skunks no bigger than a
boxer's fist jump up on their front feet & aim their anuses at the source
of their terror & try to squirt, but there's nothing to squirt. Funniest
damned sight, to open a box of baby skunks, & they all do handstands of
terror. After only ten minutes of handling, they lost all fear, & never
again tried to squirt -- they were instantly tamable & afterward full of
Anyway, I wonder if anyone has ever used the commercial products such as
Outright Skunk Odor Remover. Such products always claim the odor can never
be fully neutralized but requires bacterial action to break down
mercaptans, which otherwise persist in the environment for months no
matter what other solutions are slathered over them. Could be ad hype --
that Outright says on the label "can be used up to three times a day"
seems to assume it ain't a quick solution. For washing kids or pets, a
mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is frequently recommended,
plus a bit of soap to help release molecules and wash the stench out of
the fur & down a drain, but presumedly what gets washed out would still
smell horrid, it would just no longer be on the dog or child, & to remove
the same mercaptans from a larger environmental area would be way more
This page from Humbold University chemistry department:
essentially says nothing will remove the scent from a large area except
"time and adequate ventillation," though it provides the two most often
seen formulas to remove the odor from pets, or from wooden decks. The page
also provides a neat little explanation for why people think tomato juice
works, though it doesn't work.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
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