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CARPENTER ANT DAMAGE TO OUR GAZEBO SHED ROOF #3: The Grand Finally! SKUNK TRAPPING!

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 10-12-2009 07:22 PM 2586 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While doing this remodeling job, every once in awhile we could smell a faint odor of Skunk.

When I was cleaning up the area, & picking up scrap chunks of wood, I discovered digging in an

area at the edge of the deck next to the shed entrance. I figured this must be from a Skunk.

So I dug out the Skunk trap I had made years ago, when we had a Skunk incident.

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First I had to repair the trap, because the tripping mechanism was broke.

I also had to make a new trap door.

I put a piece of plexiglass on the door, so I could see what I trapped.

I didn’t want to transport a neighborhood cat out of town.

How would I explain that to the neighbors.

I set the trap with a piece of Polish sausage for bait, & the next morning the trap door was closed.

I peeked in the window, & there he was a freshly caught Skunk trying to scratch his way out.

A Game Warden told me that a Skunk cannot spray if he can’t lift his tail, so I put the trap inside of

a black garbage bag, threw it in the back of the van, & went for a ride out of town.

When I opened the door with a long rope, He was a little timid about leaving his new home.

I’m sorry that I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of his departing the trap,

because I didn’t want to be sprayed.

He ran into the woods about as fast as a Skunk can move.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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GMman

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 07:32 PM

Great job Dick,I was told that as long as they cannot grip their feet in the ground they will not spray.
We have a town cop here that walks up to them and slip a cardboard under it and he takes it away.

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 07:33 PM

A tricky operation well done D&B

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Kindlingmaker

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#3 posted 10-12-2009 07:38 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha Great story and photos for this Monday morning! Thank you. Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 10-12-2009 07:44 PM

Dick: nicely done! It’s probably good that you didn’t ask for advice before you did this. Someone would have recommended playing loud music in the gazebo to try to get it to move away. LOL

-- Gary

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#5 posted 10-12-2009 07:57 PM

Quite a story there!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#6 posted 10-12-2009 08:03 PM

great job getting rid of unwanted critters. you did a nice job telling the tale also. thanks

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 10-12-2009 08:10 PM

dick, i smell something is up…and i think you did a job well done…the little guy looks happy to be released and hopefully it didnt turn into a bad smelly afair…lol…....you a man of many trades…....maybe this winter you should make a sign for the summer place….....professional skunk catcher…...just a idea…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-12-2009 08:16 PM

i think you should post the details of makeing a trap of such…...we get critters here all the time that dig into and under…prob mostly armadillos….but your handy trap would be handy to have around for the just in case situation…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 10-12-2009 08:39 PM

And what about the Ants Dick? What did you do to trap! them?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 10-13-2009 02:00 AM

Great job Dick. Now you got rid of the smelly….....................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#11 posted 10-13-2009 03:38 AM

good design…i would have been icky stinky if this had happened to me…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 10-13-2009 04:32 AM

This was a fun adventure. You should have heard Barb while I was trying to get the critter to leave

the trap. “Don’t get Sprayed! Watch yourself! Careful!”

I kept saying, ”Don’t worry! Don’t worry!”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 10-13-2009 05:51 AM

Mike,
I sprayed ant killer on all of the frame parts before covering.

There shouldn’t be any Ant problem once the leaking roof has been fixed.

They thrive on moisture.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 10-13-2009 06:27 AM

Nice job and well handled. The skunk looks happy enough. Let’s hope he was single.

gees, I would have entered the trap for polish sausage…

It does look like an interesting trap. I’d like to learn more.

I’m going to be doing a lot more trapping soon. We are required to manage our property of pests (all mammals are non-native here in NZ and therefore pests – but especially possums, ferrets, stoats, rats, mice and even some cats!) in order to restore the native bird population. (Unfortunately they have to be killed since relocation is illegal and solves nothing on an island!) That looks like a quick way to make a trap.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 10-13-2009 02:42 PM

When I get a chance, I’ll take some better images of this trap.

And also give some dimensions.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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