It’s a terrible thing to smell like a skunk. To have your cat smell like a skunk and your house smell like a skunk. And nothing I’ve tried thus far has had any effect at all…
From what I’ve read – here, there and everywhere – skunks are not aggressive animals. They only use their special scent when threatened, the reason being that once the spray is gone, it takes up to ten days for the gland to fill again.
Of course, the first thing I did upon realizing some skunk had sprayed our front door was to find every scented candle I’ve ever received – generally at Christmas gift swaps – and set them ablaze around the house. The living room got Cappuccino, the bedroom
where I write, Scents of the Sea, the kitchen Cinnamon Delight, etc. This method for skunk smell removal only works if you’ve got your nose in the candle which I do not recommend as I burnt the tip of my nose and almost caught my nasal hairs on fire.
Next I googled “how to get rid of a skunk smell.” As expected, the first links that popped up were Pest Removal ads. Yikes! Can you imagine spending your days removing skunks from basements and attics? Still, if you are a successful skunk removal expert I bet you could interest Hollywood in a new reality show “Skunk Dynasty.” I mean the duck men have their dynasty, why not the skunk men?
The ads were followed by several home-spun remedies, some resembling chemistry experiments. Having done poorly at chemistry, I passed on any remedy that could potentially blow the roof off the house.
This one from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures looked safe enough. So I filled every small bowl I could find with vinegar and set them around the house. This, for some reason, drove my husband crazy. He hates the smell of vinegar even more than eau de skunk. So I returned to my scented candles. The hope is eventually they will work. Otherwise, I guess I’ll just have to get used to smelling like a skunk.
Here are some interesting things about skunks I found during my research:
- The name “skunk” has Native American roots: skonks in Mohegan, škakw in Lenape, squnck in Wampanoag, zhigaag in Ojibwe, etc. The Indians have countless tales about the skunk, some tribes believing them to be monsters and others, good luck. The Cherokee hung dead skunks outside their teepees believing they would ward off disease. Sounds very hygienic! But the myth I found most disturbing was of a giant skunk so powerful he could shoot his spray across the ocean. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather face King Kong than Stinkzilla.
- Early Jesuits believed that when Saint Catherine de
Sienna smelt sin it had the same “vile odor” as the skunk. Poor lady, no wonder she suffered so. There was probably a lot of sin going around.
- Charles Darwin encountered stink clouds – from the zorrillos (Spanish speaking skunks) – so virulent that their entrances into MonteVideo harbor must have been very pleasant indeed. MonteVideo looks like a beautiful town but I think I’ll pass on a harbor cruise!