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Smell a Skunk

You may walk out the door one day and get a whiff of the tell-tale sign that a skunk has been nearby. Skunks will spray their musk to defend themselves or mark their territory. The smell will dissipate on its own after a few days, less if there’s rain. Skunks are a natural part of the Illinois landscape, so unless the skunk is causing damage, nothing needs to be done. Click HERE for more information about striped skunks.

Photo: DuPage County Forest Preserve District
A striped skunk with its tail raised to spray its musk.
A striped skunk with its tail raised to spray its musk.

Skunk Sprayed My Pet

If you or your pet gets sprayed by a skunk you can use this recipe to lessen the smell:

Mix 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, 1⁄4 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Do not add water. This solution can be used to wash skin, clothes or pets that have been sprayed by skunks. Due to the peroxide, the solution may discolor cloth or lighten the fur of pets. Do not use the solution on your pet’s face near their eyes as it may cause irritation.