This isn't really about the garden, but it is about something that should have stayed out of doors:
skunk. Heard it rustling around under the house couple nights.
Called for removal, but didn't realize it was skunk. Thought it was the
possum or raccoon I'd seen in the last two nights. So... trap is under
the house and after the skunk is captured it becomes known without saying a word that it's a
The real problem was in the dispatching and
extrication of the cage/trap. During that process the skunk let loose
with everything it had. The stench rolled up from the crawlspace like a
blossoming unseen but very well known horror. I've never smelled such
terrible stench. The guy that was capturing the critter really got
blasted and I could hear him coughing, hacking, thumping around during
whole house ended up smelling really really bad, horrible, like loss of
property value would ensue if this wasn't handled immediately. The rest
of my day was cancelled to turn attention to eliminating skunk stench.
"Odor" is too kind a word to use for what resulted from the skunk's
At the height of stench elimination process, I
had all windows and doors open. Nine fans going in various doors and windows,
facing outside to draw the bad air out. I went to town and purchased
Febreeze spray and plug ins. Plus some containers with odor eliminating
properties once opened. Finally, after researching the internet, as per
and many others that point back to this site, I placed vinegar in small
bowls around the first floor where the stench was the worst. 31 bowls -
cereal, soup and tupperware; plus my ceramic loaf pans and mixing
bowls. Used 1.5 gallons of vinegar divided up.
the stench was mostly gone by bedtime. I closed up the house for
nighttime, and surprisingly, the air quality was as good or better by
morning. 2nd afternoon, after I came home from work, I opened up the
house again. And pretty much the smell is gone inside. Is this simply natural, the fans, Febreeze or vinegar? I'm voting for the fans and vinegar.