Information on how to deal with them

Skunks are abundant in the United States. In the world, there are 12 known species of the critter, the most common one being the Striped Skunk in northern America. Skunks are generally pretty harmless, other than the notorious spray that they have and will use if they feel threatened. About the size of big grapes, the anal glands of a striped skunk each hold almost an ounce of concentrated, odorous spray, enough for multiple attacks.

Researchers have reportedly identified a fungal compound that can help reduce the smelly effects of a skunks odor. The compound, called pericosine A, could react with and neutralize odoriferous compounds in skunk spray. They mixed the compound to create a formula that would be safer on skin and eyes and then tested that on subjects to see if the compound worked in the way they believed it would.

For information on proper handling of skunks, visit On The Fly Pest Solutions.

Skunks: Notorious—or Not?

While few of us will study legions of skunks, the odds are good that most of us will cross paths with the famously funky beasts at some point. They’re out there—lots of them. Of the world’s 12 known species, the one most likely to stroll through U.S. gardens is Mephitis mephitis, the striped skunk.

Spotted skunks are fewer in number and smaller—about squirrel sized—but they’re almost as widespread as striped skunks in the United States. Learn more

Summary: Skunks are abundant in the United States. In the world, there are 12 known species of the critter, the most common one being the Striped Skunk in northern America.

Fungal compound deodorizes skunk smell

Being sprayed by a skunk is no fun for people or their pets, and the strong, stinky secretions can serve as a nasty reminder of the wildlife encounter for days or weeks. Available “de-skunking” formulas often either don’t work well or can irritate the skin and eyes.

Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products have identified a compound from fungi that safely and effectively neutralizes skunk spray odor. Read more

Summary: Researchers have reportedly identified a fungal compound that can help reduce the smelly effects of a skunks odor. The compound, called pericosine A, could react with and neutralize odors.

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