What’s That Smell? Peeyew…It’s Gotta Be Skunk Month
Driving to work and wherever I go around the TriState area, I've been smelling that awful smell that only skunks produce. Peeyew! Unfortunately for some, they don't make it across the road. Reminds me of that song, "Dead Skunk"... in the middle of the road by Loudon Wainwright III.
Well, if your nose has been picking up those nasty skunk odors, it's because February through March is mating season for skunks. They use that signature smell as a defense mechanism and spray each other when competing for a mate or when unreceptive to courting attempts.
Geez. Can you imagine if humans produced that same odor? It would be knocking me out, not turning me on! lol. I can't imagine anyone desiring to purchase Skunk or Pepe Le Pew perfume.
Seriously though, did you know that skunks are really gentle, non-aggressive animals that don't spray other species unless very provoked? According to the Humane Society of the United States, skunks use their spraying mechanism as a last resort and would rather stamp their front paws to signal fear instead.
If you need to de-odorize skunk smell on dogs, cats, and humans, the traditional way for odor removal was to use a tomato juice bath. Here's another remedy that's safe and effective by using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dishwashing soap. Just follow these STEPS to Neutralize Skunk Odors.
Here's some Fun Facts on Skunks!