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DIY Humane Skunk Deterrent

My Blink camera out front started going off in the wee hours of the morning, capturing a few nocturnal visits from the friendly neighbourhood skunk (I can call him that because he didn’t spray me). At first, he was just sauntering by, but soon enough, he discovered a gap under my front steps, and I was worried he might try to set up shop there. I didn’t want him there, but I didn’t want to call a pest control company to come and potentially hurt the little guy. He wasn’t doing anything wrong!

So, I did what I always do – I went to Amazon. There were plenty of products in the $30-50 range, including something that looked like road salt, some coyote urine, and other things I didn’t really feel like spreading around my house. But then I saw the Predator Eye products.

There are motion sensitive lights that flash little red spots when something scurries by, meant to simulate the glint in the eye of a hungry predator. But it got me to thinking – I have a bunch of red LEDs in the basement. What’s to stop me from making my own “predator eye” deterrent for a few pennies?

So, I taped two LEDs to a coin battery, and placed it near the “mouth” of the entrance under the stairs. And while a sample size of one isn’t enough to claim that this is a perfect deterrent, it seemed to do the trick for this particular little stinker.

So, if you try this out, let me know in the comments how it works for you!

By the way, the hat and jacket are both fake fur, in case you were worried I’d skinned a skunk for the outfit!

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