If you see a skunk in your yard, you might be tempted to cower in fear. Skunks have anal scent glands that are filled with a horrible smelling liquid. They can shoot this liquid up to 20 feet, and they will do so when threatened. As anyone who has been sprayed by skunk (or who has had a pet sprayed by a skunk) knows, the smell can take weeks to wear off. Skunks can also be a nuisance by eating chicken eggs and chicks, by eating fruits and vegetables out of your garden, and by taking up residence under your house or deck. All good reasons to get rid of skunks if they are on your property!
1. Remove All Food Sources
One of the first things that you want to do if you have skunks is to remove all potential food sources. Skunks are omnivorous scavengers, and they will eat a wide variety of things. So, you will want to remove the ripe vegetables and fruits from your garden on a regular basis. If you have a fruit tree, you will want to remove windfall fruit. If you have pets, you will want to remove any leftover pet food, and you will want to store extra pet food in a tight container or inside your home.
Raking your yard regularly is another way to get rid of skunks. Insects take refuge in the leaf litter, and skunks will eat those insects. The fewer insects that are hiding in your yard the less food that is available for the skunk. You also want to clean up under your bird feeders as skunks will eat birdseed as well. Finally, you want to secure your trash cans because skunks will eat your leftovers too! So, you want to lock your cans or store them inside your garage.
2. Make Your Yard and Home Less Appealing
You can do this in several ways. Skunks are mostly nocturnal, and they do not like bright lights. You can keep your porch light on all night to deter them. You can also secure your home and yard. For example, you want to make sure that your fencing (if you have any) is in good repair and that there aren’t any places that a skunk can get through it.
You also want to make sure that there aren’t any easy ways for small animals to get under your deck or your house because skunks like dark, secure places to make their dens. Skunks will also create their homes around wood piles or other piles of items, and you will want to store these things in a garage or shed, if possible.
3. Trap or Repel the Skunks
You can also set out traps for the skunk. You can generally buy or rent these traps from your local garden supply store or animal control. You can bait the trap with just about anything, but foods that work well include peanut butter, cat food, and chicken entrails. Trapping the skunk is typically not a problem. Releasing it, however, can be a whole different story. You need to be extremely careful not only of the skunk’s spray but of its sharp claws and teeth. Before handling the cage, cover it, move slowly and quietly, and wear thick gloves when releasing the skunk.
Many people prefer to put out skunk repellent. Repellent gets rid of skunks and keeps them away from your yard and home without you getting sprayed. While a number of things supposedly repel skunks, the best repellents capitalize on the skunk’s natural instincts. Shake-Away’s Natural Skunk Repellent utilizes fox urine to scare skunks away from the area. Prey animals, like skunks, will avoid predators, like foxes. Simply spread these granules around the area that you would like to protect. It’s that easy!