Skunks are usually harmless creatures who know to steer clear of people; unfortunately, pets and other wildlife will sometimes attack or provoke them with unpleasant results. Skunks can spray up to 15 feet and their odour can last for days. If you wish to avoid problems with skunks, some of the best methods for how to get rid of a skunk involve prevention. However, if you already have this monster living somewhere in your yard, eliminating it can be tricky. Before we discuss how to get rid of a skunk, it’s important to be aware that they carry rabies and you should never approach them.
As scavengers, skunks will likely consume anything they come across; so, should they find food on your property, they are very likely to return or even to create a home for themselves. As such, you need to take some time to ensure that garbage is sealed properly and that there are no sources of food in your yard. Never leave pet food outside as this will also attract skunks, and likely racoons and other creatures as well. Nut, berry, and fruit trees may also attract them, so make sure you walk your yard and remove any foods that are lost. Spills from bird feeders, bones in your compost, and readily accessible sources of water also make your yard more attractive, so eliminate them.
There are also a number of skunk repellents that will stop them from moving into your lawn. While it may be impossible to get consistent results, bright lights and automatic sprinklers will typically keep skunks away. Alternatively, commercial and homemade repellents may also be effective. Pepper sprays work well but has to be applied regularly to maintain their effectiveness. Similarly, commercial repellents which can be sprayed through your yard will offer some protection. Finally, skunk barriers can also be helpful from preventing skunks from entering your yard. Skunks cannot climb or jump well, but will fit through openings as small as 4 inches, so obstacles have to be well constructed.
How to Get Rid of a Skunk
If you are dealing with a skunk that’s already living in your yard, it is time to call Grant-Valkaria Rat Removal . It is best to perform this work at night when the skunk is out foraging in order to avoid being sprayed or bitten by the skunk. Seal up the entrance to the den with whatever you have available, remembering that skunks need only a small opening. It is also possible to wet the skunk den with a hose, as skunks do not like a wet habitat. If these less invasive approaches aren’t effective, you may want to get your hands on some skunk traps. Box skunk traps are small enough that the skunk can’t spray effectively. These traps should be baited with odorous foods such as sardines, tuna, or canned cat food. Once trapped, you need to call animal control to collect and get rid of the skunk.