I have a skunk or something living under my main stairs in the front yard.
My wife is concerned if I use the Giant Destroyer product:
1. the animal will die, decompose and smell for a very long time.
2. the product will kill the skunk rather than allow the skunk to escape out of the hole.
3. the decomposing corpse will permeate inside the house.
Your wife is dead on right. In fact, if you review our SKUNK CONTROL PRODUCTS, you won't even find GIANT DESTROYER listed. That's because it's barely strong enough to kill skunks and in our experience tends to make them sick – not dead. The net result is that Giant Destroyers don't work for skunks. And even if it did, there is a great chance of whatever you have living there will die somewhere out of sight so the issue of "dead animal odor" is a real threat no matter what's burrowing.
You see, in most cases Giant Destroyers will kill animals way down in the farthest, deepest recess of their nest. And when they die there, it will take a long time for them to rot. Lastly, certain animals are more likely to really smell and skunk are up high on that list. If this location where you want to deploy the Giant Destroyers is within 50 yards of the home, expect the smell to be lingering. And if its within 10 yards of the home, expect the smell to permeate inside the home too.
So when is a Giant Destroyer good to deploy? When you're using them out in the open far away from a residential home or when the animal is small, like a chipmunk or vole, which doesn't have much of a body. This way if they die close to the home the smell is a non issue. But the mass of the average skunk combined with the glands they naturally have is a recipe for a long lasting, nasty odor.
On top of those stats, in only about 50% of the time will people actually find the animal if the treatment is successful so in the end, there is almost always a long period of time following the application which will include the smell of a dead animal. Though small animals like rats, mice, voles and chipmunks aren't too bad, anything in the woodchuck, possum, rabbit or skunk size can be down right nasty! To avoid this problem, the use of a live trap is strongly suggested.
Now if you're not sure what the animal might be, the simplest thing to do is set out a few piles of food as close to where you suspect this animal is moving about. This location could be a visible entrance/exit hole. And I suggest three kinds of food for this "pre baiting" procedure.
If you feed pets outside or have a pet that you feed dry food to, use some of this in one pile. Pet food is the number one reason animals come around homes and why they tend to burrow and nest adjacent to or under any house. In the second pile set out bird seed. If you or any local neighbor have bird feeders, no doubt the seed is attracting all kinds of animals and this is the second most common reason animals will dig burrows adjacent to or under residential homes. Lastly, some kind of fruit, vegetable or other nearby plant you suspect this animal might be eating. Burrowing animals are either meat feeders (pet food), nut eaters (bird seed) or vegetarians (plants) so one of these piles will readily be consumed.
More importantly, urban animals will attempt to make burrows close to where they feed so I'm fairly certain one of the three food options I listed is readily available close to the burrow. And once you find out which food this animal prefers, you can set some out in one of the traps we have listed in our skunk product section and you'll soon have it trapped.
At that point you can relocate or destroy the animal as you see fit. Now once it's gone, you will probably notice a lingering odor in it's now abandoned burrow. This is normal and should be expected. More important, it would be wise to disinfect it using some of the NC7 listed with our skunk products.
NC7 will deactivate any odor and this is vital in the animal removal process. Remember, this burrow is now ripe with fresh animal smells and will no doubt be getting the attention of any other similar animals in the community. Abandoned burrows are prime real estate and will quickly be occupied by many other species of animals if left alone and untreated. Neutralizing the scent left behind by flooding it out with the NC7 will help prevent this from happening. After soaking it good with a few gallons of the product let it sit for a day or two and then try to fill it in as much as possible. If you do this process properly, this problem should be easy to resolve. Good luck!
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Skunk Products: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page600.html
Giant Destroyer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/fumigant/giant-destroyer-4-pk