It is never a pleasant experience to walk outside your home in the morning and having the awful smell of a skunk hit you in the face! Adding insult to injury is finding holes in your yard that they dug while you were peacefully sleeping.
These nocturnal creatures look harmless but letting them have free range in your yard around your home can be very damaging to your property. So, “how do you get rid of skunk in your yard?” Here are a few tricks that may help.
Are you certain it’s a skunk?
If you are certain you have a skunk on your property it is likely you have experienced their nice musk odor in the air pointing you in that direction. But what do you do when you have holes in your yard, overturned plant pots or deep holes near the home or other structures and no odor to let you know that a skunk is the culprit?
Here are some suggestions:
- Set up a game trail camera – a game camera can reveal exactly what is in your yard while you’re sleeping.
- Do a little reconnaissance – If you don’t have a game camera and don’t want to purchase one make it a date night! Grab some popcorn, snacks, lawn chairs and a high powered flash light that is powerful enough to light the yard. If they have been in your yard they will likely be there again.
It’s a Skunk!
So you have done a little investigative work and you are certain you have a skunk then it’s time to get rid of it.
If you have a skunk that has made your property it’s home you will need to use the right trap it to remove it.
You can easily do this by purchasing the proper size trap for skunk (7x7x17) and relocating it at least 10 miles from your home.
Trap Size Matters:
Purchasing the correct size trap will prevent the skunk from being able to lift is tail and spraying you or your property!
If you have a skunk that has made its home under your home or deck you will need to seal off all entry points except for one. Place the trap in front of the only entry point left open flush to the ground. This way when they leave their den to get food they walk right into the trap.
The best bait to use to trap skunk is either marshmallows or cat food. If you have a lot of cats in your area you may want to use only marshmallows.
Some of you may feel a little intimidated thinking about trapping a live animal. It is really pretty easy and there is all kinds of instructions online that you can follow. Trapping by far is the easiest way to get rid of a skunk.
If you still feel uneasy or you have found that their are kits (babies) in the den you will need to call a professional as you don’t want to remove the mother and leave the babies to die. Not only is that inhuman but if you do it you will be dealing with the smell of dead animals for a while.
If you need to hire a wildlife removal expert get a free estimate online from top service pros in your area or ask your friends for referrals.
Once you remove the little critter from your property you sure don’t want anymore paying you a visit. The best way to prevent it is to use tired and proven deterrent methods. Here are the best we have found.
Turn on the yard lights. Skunks do not like well lit areas. If your yard is well they will likely head the other way! Making this a cheap first line deterrent.
Secure pet food and garbage cans. Because skunks love animal food, especially cat food, it is important to secure all outdoor pet food as well as water sources and garbage cans. This will cut down on the attractants on your property.
Motion Activated Sprinklers are a great line of defense. If skunks come into an area where you have placed a motion activated sprinkler it will spray them and the skunk will move out of the area quickly.
Treat your yard for insects. Since skunks like white grubs, cut worms it is important to treat your lawn for these pests. If there is little for them to eat when they get to your house they will move on to the next door neighbors house!
We recommend that you close all crawl spaces and other entry points under your home as well as around decks using solid-metal flash wire and quarter inch screening. like the picture to the right. You should be able to pick these items up at your local hardware store and install them quickly.
Don’t put to much confidence in repellents for deterring skunks because they really don’t work that well. It is better to use home remedies and not waste a lot of money on store bought repellents. Here are some recommendations.
- Orange and/or lemon peels spread around entrance of the den
- Cayenne Pepper sprinkled around entrance of den (you must re-apply after rain)
- Homemade Pepper Sprays (recipes online)
Wild skunks are docile animals but if provoked will spray, scratch and even bite. If you have a dog take precautions through vaccinations. If they are scratched or bitten by a skunk they run the risk of getting distemper and rabies. They can also do significant damage to your yard and property
Because removing a skunk professionally can cost around $150 and up it is wise to take preventive measures like the ones mentioned above to deter them from coming on your property.
We hope we have given you all the information you need to help. If you have any questions please leave it in the comment area below!
Until Next Time, TNT