Skunks are interestings creatures. Not unpleasant to look at and their antics may even be cute watch, however, their persistent bad habits, foul odor and the damage than can do to your yard and property make getting rid of them a serious priority.
Why Do Skunks Come Into My Yard?
Most often a skunk visits your yard in search of food. They are omnivorous animals and will eat just about anything including trash, dog and cat food, grubs, bugs and worms. Once they have established your property as a good feeding ground they may build a den on or near by your land to allow for easy access to their new food source.
Homemade Skunk Repellent
Getting rid of a skunk can be tricky business and among the options you have for doing so are homemade skunk repellents. Homemade skunk repellents may include ingredients that range from mothballs to yellow onions and each may be effective in a unique circumstance. A simple recipe for a homemade skunk repellent spray is:
- 1 yellow onion
- 4 or 5 jalapeno peppers
- 1 gallon of water
Cut the onion in half and slice the peppers into small pieces (remember to wear protective gloves when handling the peppers and to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards)
Boil the onion and pepper in the water for about 20 minutes.
Let the mixture cool and then strain the mixture to remove the solids.
Place the liquid in a spray bottle and apply around the area you wish to protect from skunks.
The mixture will need to be reapplied every week or two and after it rains. If it is near harvest time, you may wish to avoid placing the mixture directly on any fruits or vegetables you plan to harvest and eat.
Below are some links to other homemade skunk repellent ideas:
Another Method To Get Rid of Skunks Naturally
Shake-Away Small Critter Repellent for Skunks is an all natural way to get rid of skunks by leveraging the animals natural fear of predators. By applying the chemical free Shake-Away granules near the areas you want to protect you have disguised your yard as an area marked by the skunk’s most feared predator, the fox. Shake-away Small Critter Repellent may also help enhance your homemade efforts to get rid of skunks by adding a second layer of protection that is guaranteed to be effective.