Terrible smell around the yard

paulsiu(5a)November 17, 2010

Recently I notice that the yard smells pretty bad, particularly the bushes near the front porch. Smells kind of like some animal has been peeing or marking their territory. It seems to only happen at night.

Possible night suspects:

Cat

Opposums

Raccoons

Skunk

Now it could be someone doing it early in the morning before I wake. With daylight savings, it's dark out when I wake up, but here are the following animals I see in the daytime

Coyote

Neighbor's dog

Squirrels

Paul

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mosswitch

Deer mark their territory, it kinda smells like horse urine.

Sandy

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 7:22PM
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maifleur01

As silly as it sounds you may be smelling the bushes now that many competing smells are gone. We have yews and at certain times of the year they may smell like soap to a stomach turning scent. Boxwood's are also known for scents.

It probably is one or more things marking their territory but you might want to break off a stem with a leaf and smell each separately.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2010 at 3:04AM
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mosswitch

Boxwood smells (to me) like tomcat spray.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 9:16AM
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oregonwoodsmoke(5 OR Sunset 1A)

If it is not the bushes themselves, I would suspect cat, since it is near the front door.

That seems to be a favorite place for stray cats to spray. You're lucky they haven't come up onto the front porch and actually sprayed on the door.

Unfortunately, cat spray odor sticks around. Then, of course, as soon as one cat sprays, the rest will come in and spray, and keep repeating.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 2:27PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Don't rule out natural gas. It can have a very different scent after permeating through the soil than it does in the home. Any gas lines nearby?

tj

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 6:46PM
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