8 ways to get rid of your skunk problem

Is there a pesky skunk making your life miserable? No, I’m not talking about the folks in Washington. I mean an actual black and white skunk that keeps wandering onto your property in search of food, and occasionally stinking up the place.

There are ways to get rid of these annoying animals, but it’s not always easy. They’re nocturnal, so you probably won’t see them during the day. First, let’s take a look at why they’re on your property.

If there’s a skunk hanging around your home, that means it has found a food source. Otherwise it would be hanging around someone else’s home. Among their favorite meals are fruit, vegetables, bird seed and small mammals, as well as garbage, grubs and insects.

If they can find those items on your property on a regular basis, they may set up camp there. That could be under a garden shed, porch or deck, in a pile of rocks or wood, or in a ditch.

Among the ways to cut off their food supply and send them elsewhere are:

  • Treat your lawn with a grub control product.
  • Put a fence around your vegetable garden, burying the bottom part about a foot underground to keep them from digging under it.
  • Make sure your garbage can lids are on tightly.
  • Regularly rake up the area under your fruit trees.
  • Catch them in a live trap, using peanut butter or bacon as bait. It must be a small trap to keep them from moving into a spraying position. There may be a legal issue regarding where you can release a skunk, so check into that.
  • Use pepper spray on your trees and place ammonia-soaked rags in any area you think they might be using as a den.
  • If you discover their hiding place, use bright lights, noise or a sprinkler to scare them away.
  • If you see that a skunk has left its hiding place, try to seal off that area so it won’t return.

What tricks have you used to keep skunks away from your property. Readers would love to hear about them.


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