Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ah-Ha! Little Digger Discovered

Got Him! (or her)
The Little Digger

The little digger is a Skunk who, by the way, loves rice and pulled pork.  At least that's how I finally found him. I scraped Taylor's plate off the edge of the deck, hoping that Mama raccoon would have some treats.  Later I looked over the deck and there . . . he . . .was -- digging!  Looking for every scrap of rice and pork.

It makes sense-
They eat insects and larvae, earthworms, small rodents, lizards, rats,salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles, and eggs. They also commonly eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi, and nuts.. . . Skunks commonly dig holes in lawns in search of grubs and worms. 
We found a product that we sprinkled around the big garden.  It has citronella and other herbs that give off a pretty strong odor.  It should last 30 days and so far, no further digging.  We also got some smaller t-posts and wrapped the bean bed with chicken wire plus the fishing line.

I don't know what we're going to do about this little guy, hopefully he will move on.  I'd hate for him to spray my laundry (next to the deck) or surprise us on the way to the coop.  He's just a baby.

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Candy C. said...

Oh goodness! I hope he moves on too! Skunky laundry would NOT be a good thing!

Kelly said...

Oh gosh glad he didn't get you!

Beth said...

We're constantly battling skunks here. ONe night, I went out to do a check on a horse. I walked into the dark barn, turned on the lights, and right in front of me was a SKUNK! It went one way and I went the other...we were mutually scared to death. lol
Anyway, the problem got bad enough that I ended up having to start trapping them. Good luck!

3rnigerians said...

Yikes. I hope he move along too. I am so glad he's not digging again though.

Unknown said...

We've had an ongoing battle with skunks, including our dog getting sprayed, was that fun! I'm so happy that your's aren't digging any more. Hopefully, he's gone.

I like to be prepared in case they come back and have never heard about the citronella. I'm going to look into that. Thanks!

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Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Oh, not fun at al1! So far we've been lucky.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

NO! Ha, ha- not funny, but it sort of is. Glad he went the other way.


I've never really seen one, it is really cute but I wouldn't want to come up on one either. Thanks Kathy for posting.