0seandogue 7 years ago ReplyUpvoteIn most cases, you should just leave them be. they eat harmful insects and small rodents like mice. I have several in my area and no-one ever gets sprayed. In fact, my old cat used to follow one that frequented my yard for years and there were no problems. They are very gentle creatures except when dogs (and creul, stupid people) attack them. I've been outside sitting in my garden at night on many occasions and had them walk literally right beside me. No problems whatsoever.Don't be cruel and you won't be sprayed. It's like bees, swat them and you're probably going to get stung. leave them alone and they'll probably just fly on by after realizing you're not a flower.