When it comes to wildlife removal, sometimes there’s an unpleasant aftermath. This is true in the case of skunks, who can shoot their sulfur-smelling defense mechanism up to 10 feet out of their anal glands. If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a skunk removal, don’t panic. Here are some of the first steps you should take to rid your home of that nauseating dead skunk odor.

  1. Do The Laundry:
    Doing the laundry should be one of the first steps you take when ridding your home of dead skunk odor. Make sure to thoroughly launder all fabrics, including bedding, towels, drapes, pillows, and any clothing that is affected by the smell. It’s generally advised to use warm water instead of hot due to the fact that the odor can easily spread through the steam released during washing. It’s also important to use a degreaser to remove the oil, as detergent alone will not do the job. Finally, make sure to hang-dry clothes instead of drying them in the dryer as an extra precaution.
  2. Air Out Your Home:
    Another important aspect of getting rid of skunk odor is to open all doors and windows in your home. This does wonders in improving air flow and getting the smell out, but it does take some time. However, it’s important to note that if the outside of your home is affected as well, this method won’t work until the outside of your home has been thoroughly treated.
  3. Spray With Vinegar:
    Finally, once you’ve taken the first two steps, mix three parts water with one part vinegar in a spray bottle and fully spray down your home’s walls and mop the floors with the solution. Hunker.com says, “The acetic acid in the vinegar will help break down the skunk oil and will remove much of the odor from those surfaces. Wear protective eye glasses, rubber gloves and an apron while deodorizing.”
  4. Deodorize Your Pet:
    Has your dog been outside and now smells like skunk?  You need to take action immediately, otherwise, you might re-introduce that foul smelling skunk odor throughout your house.

Ultimately, skunk odor is one of the most common skunk complaints, and it does take some time. For more information about skunk removal services, contact Animal Control Specialists.

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