Love is in the air--- and it stinks!

TWRA says February is skunk mating season in Tennessee, and that may mean you will start seeing, and smelling the little animals more than usual.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR! If you're wondering why you're smelling and seeing more striped skunks, it's because it's their mating season. This beneficial animal is often only judged on its defense...

The striped skunk is the most common species in Tennessee. They are a little bigger and not quite as smelly as their counterpart in the state, the Eastern Spotted Skunk.

So what do you do if you see an amorous skunk in your yard??

Well, first of all, keep your distance, and keep your pets away from them. Skunks can spray up to 15 feet, so you don't want to get in range of that putrid smell.

Skunks don't have great eyesight, so sometimes making a lot of noise (again, from a distance) can scare them away from your yard.

And if you do get sprayed, there's a product called "Skunk Off" you can use, or you can make your own.

University of Tennessee Extension Agent Neal Denton said another option is mixing one quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide solution, 1/4 cup of baking soda and one to two teaspoons of dish soap to wash out the smell.

Denton said to mix this solution in a large, open container, wear rubber gloves, work it into a lather and leave it on for five minutes or longer until the bubbling ceases.

If the smell gets into your home, a professional is probably best to take care of it.

Skunks have a gestation period of 62-66 days, so babies are usually more in May or June. Litters of 2-16 are the usual.