How to Get Rid of Skunks

Many people decide to buy domesticated skunks as they are amazing pets, however dealing with wild skunks could be quite troublesome. They could go dig holes in your garden or front yard to search for insects, which is their main food supply. They could damage your fences or chew upon your exposed wires. And don't forget the smell they leave once they spray the leaves of plants around you. All of these only suggest that a wild skunk should be removed from your property, but the task should be approached with caution.

We discourage violent removal of skunks, which could lead to their suffering or killing. There are better ways to deal with the creature, and there is no necessity to harm them.

Identifying the Problem

The period around early winter is when skunks seek shelter and a few months later use the same location for mating purposes. Skunks leave a lot of evidence of their arrival and identifying them will not be hard. Small holes in your yard are an indication that a skunk might be searching for food, however, that evidence is not sufficient. While observations of bigger holes around your home could be due to many wildlife creatures, a harsh stench in your basement or attic is certainly the work of a skunk.

If you recognize the problem during April or May, there is a high chance that the skunk has given birth to babies. Babies spray anything, which they cannot recognize, on sight, Approach with caution.

Different Types of Strategies to Deal with It

There are three ways you could handle the situation. Through traps, through exclusion or through prevention, most cases require all of them to be combined, for both your safety and the creature's.

If you manage to find all of the entrance points of the skunk's residence, you could try excluding the skunk. Cover all entrance points except one. The barriers which you've set up should be extended to a foot below the ground to prevent any attempt of burrowing. Place your traps on the remaining entrance. We suggest that you use a live cage trap, which will capture the animal inside, but not harm it. You will be able to set it free at a different location, where it won't bother anyone else.

In the case of babies, whom are too young to leave, we recommend that you hire a professional. They are trained to handle such situations and posses the needed tools.

Prevention of Further Occurrences

You might have driven the skunk away without capturing it, but he could still be coming back to cause damage to your property. If that is the scenario, you could take the necessary precautions to keep the skunk away through repellents, live traps or automated sprinklers.

Natural repellents to skunks are the scents of predator urine, such as a dog's. Obviously, that isn't exactly a solution; the good news is you could use Ammonia or cayenne pepper, which will do an excellent job to make your yard a skunk-free zone.

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