From a reader:
I have read with interest your posts on Mice in the Rectory. Now, perhaps you have something for Skunks under the Farmhouse.
Our air-conditioner repairman just informed us that we have a family of skunks residing under our 100+ year old farmhouse. He had to go through the crawlspace to fix the overflow drain pipe and saw them in a corner which is probably right under the dining room. (!)
The exterminator will be out tomorrow, but he says the only way to get rid of them is to trap them when they come out, but that could take weeks as each one is trapped and then disposed of.
QUAERITUR: Do you have a “potent” prayer for getting skunks to come out from under the house and into the waiting trap – without spraying everything and everyone?
I can understand why you would want to avoid going in after them, with the usual mephitic consequence.
A prayer? I think the imprecatory prayer mentioned in regard to rats could work with adaptations. I think skunk is a viverra putorius.
Otherwise, to get them to go on their own…. could you get someone to announce a Synod?