Everyone has experienced the awful odour of skunk scent and these animals are surely unwanted near the home. Skunks’ dens can be under sheds, woodpiles, decks, porches and crawlspaces and are attracted to garbage and pet food. If you encounter a skunk, watch for defense behaviours such as stamping feet, raised tail, hissing, and short forward charges, signs that indicate the skunk might spray. Move away from the skunk slowly and quietly. If you know or suspect a skunk is denning under or around your home, you can add light and noise to make the area less attractive. You can also use mild repellents – including capsaicin, castor oil, or ammonia-soaked rags – to ward off skunks. And you can always call the professionals at Cal-Rid.