Skunks are popular for their noxious spray that they will use when they are feeling threatened. Spotted and striped skunk can be found across various parts of US. Their spray will be difficult to eliminate. They are part of the weasel family and may differ in pattern and size. The average size of the
Columbus skunk is the same as your usual domesticated cat. They will live in the burrows and eat insects, larva, worms, and plants.
How Many Times Can Skunks Spray?
The spray of the skunk will not usually cause a real threat. However, the smell can be so horrible that it will lead to trauma. The spray will be an oily substance that is produced by a unique gland found below the tail of the skunk. It can reach at about 10 feet with incredible precision. They can release their spray at least 6 times continuously. After this, it will take at least 19 days to replenish the supply of their fluids.
The Limited Supply of Spray
Due to the limitation of their spray, the Columbus skunk will only use this defense mechanism as their final option. Since the animal has an amazing control on the volume of the spray that they will release, they can determine the number of times that they will be able to release their spray. Their numbers of supply can also be determined by the distance of their target. At about 15 ft, they can only use their spray for at least 5 times. Accuracy of the spray will also be diminished greatly at around 20ft.
Perhaps the limited supply is the reason why the skunks will be showing numerous signs before they will release their spray. When the skunk is being threatened, it will be hissing and growling. It will also turn its back and will stomp its feet. When the skunk raises its tail, it is an indication that it will be ready to release its spray. You need to step away to remain safe from their attack. When dealing with a skunk, it is best to use a blanket that will act as your shield. Covering the skunk with the blanket can also keep them calm.
How to Get Rid of the Smell
On the off chance that you have been sprayed with their musk, you will need to flush it on a running water for at least 10 minutes.
Your situation can be more alarming if it hits your eye. Washing it with water can reduce the discomfort that you are experiencing. In case your pet has been sprayed on their coat. Use a towel that will absorb the residue of the skunk’s musk. Create a peroxide solution that you will use to neutralize the smell. If you don’t know how to make your own peroxide solution, your local vet can provide you a guidance. When applying the solution, use a cloth and avoid directly using this in the eye of the victim.
In case the skunk has ended up inside your house and released their spray all over your living room. Open the window to improve the ventilation. Placing baking soda on one corner of the room will help in dissipating the obnoxious odor.
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