It is time to watch out for skunks. Mid-winter is mating season. The males are extra mobile as they seek to establish new territory, and this increases their encounters with humans. More skunks are hit by motor vehicles in February than any other month, and they may lose the battle but you will pay through the nose.
Precautions: Skunks will try to move in under your porch, or will den in a pile of lumber or nearby clutter; so eliminate enticing access to such structures. You may or may not smell them when they are there. Skunks are nocturnal. Be careful letting your dog out at night. Don’t leave tempting pet food on your porch. Be alert driving.
Remedies: If a skunk has moved in, don’t try to lock it out until nighttime when it is likely to be gone marauding. To be sure sprinkle flour or sand at the entrance during the day and watch for tracks exiting. If you or something you love gets sprayed, don’t bother with that worthless, messy tomato juice cure. Here is the sure-fire, scientific solution (It really works, even on dogs):
Combine one quart of hydrogen peroxide (3%), a quarter-cup baking soda, and one teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap. Wash the malodorous items well, repeat if necessary, and rinse with plain water. That’s it. This mixture is topically harmless but it can irritate the eyes, nose and mouth. It is chemically unstable and cannot be stored, so use it up. By the way, it also works on dogs that have rolled in a smelly, decaying carcass, as they love to do.