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Spring is Starting to Smell

Real Estate Sales Representative with Realty Executive Midwest


The City of Darien’s motto is “It’s a nice place to live” however it’s becoming a not so nice place to smell.  My neighbors dog Lilly wanted to play with Pepe Le Pew and got to know Pepe got his name. My dog Charlie met Pepe twice last year.


When Charlie first met Pepe we  inspected him while wearing rubber gloves and checked for signs of being bitten by the skunk. While my wife Lisa was making sure we didn’t need to make a trip to the veterinarian I was mixing a quart of  hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent.  


The biggest thing to remember here is that a skunks spray is an oil base and you need to use the magic potion I mentioned first and then use water to rinse.


I called the City of Darien this morning to see what could be done about the skunks prior to getting tangled up with our dogs and I was given the following list of trappers.


ABC Humane Wildlife                     847-870-7175


US Wildlife                                          630-432-4759


Trapper Nick Wildlife                      708-218-0535


Also it helps to remember that skunks come out at night so make sure you keep your eyes on your pets when you are letting them out at night.  Despite the pungent smell it’s a good life.



Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Joe:  Darien is not the only one trying to "distance themselves" from Pepe .. and his odor problem.  All of Chicagoland seems to be over-running with skunks.  I know my brother in the northern part of the City said their neighborhood was facing this stinky little menace in huge numbers last year ...


Mar 11, 2014 07:53 AM
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Joe-   it is good to have that recipe....  I have seen some skunks when I walk my pooch at night.. and I definiutely to do not wish to get too close to one..

Apr 20, 2014 11:39 PM