If you’ve ever been sprayed by a skunk, had your house sprayed, or your cat or dog got hit, than you know how long the smell stays on your clothes, furniture, in the air, on everything, everywhere.

The house or garage is one of the worst. Everything you have smells like a skunk and the stench stays around for weeks.Your furniture, clothes, food, and even your toothbrush reaks.

You'll need to buy new things - be advised the odor is strong when you go to the store. You can't smell like that at work - even the slightest scent can stink up the office. It takes weeks - even over a month - before things get back to normal.

The best thing is don't get sprayed & limit your skunk encounters. Here are some things you can do.

5 Ways to Avoid Skunks in the County & New Brunswick:

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    Seal Off Your Home

    (See pictures below) Skunks can dig and move bricks apparently.

    Skunks are on the move in February & March. It's their mating season, and they're looking for a cozy place like under your porch or house.

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    Catch & Release

    Trap set, but no critters (picture). They must be wise to it. Even a peanut butter sandwich as bait isn’t tempting enough. Always contact a professional.

    Skunks spray up to 12 feet and it can be smelled a mile away. Unless you know what you're doing, stay away as much as possible.

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    Tracks

    They come and go at night and stay out of sight (photos). The tracks the next morning are telltale signs the skunks have been busy moving bricks.

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    Tomato Juice & Skunk Spray

    Skunk remedies are mostly just a cover-up. Really, the only way to get rid of the smell is time and prevention. Even doing laundry doesn't completely work. You might have to consider new work clothes.

    The skunk smell is a defensive tactic. It's also a way of females rejecting a suitor. Remember, February and March is skunk mating season.

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    Garbage: Get Rid of It

    Skunks are nocturnal and are looking for food at night. They do not hibernate. Getting rid of your garbage is always a good idea.

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