Skunks are usually harmless creatures who know to steer clear of people; regrettably, 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 want to prevent problems with skunks, some of the best methods for how to get rid of a skunk involve avoidance. However, if you already have this monster living somewhere in your yard, eliminating it can be tricky. Before we talk about how to eliminate a skunk, it is important to note that they carry rabies and you should never approach them.
As scavengers, skunks are likely to eat anything they come across; so, should they find food on your property, they are very likely to return or even to make a home for themselves. As such, you need to take a while to make certain that garbage is sealed properly and that there are no sources of food in your yard. Never leave pet food outside since this will also attract skunks, and likely racoons and other creatures also. Nut, berry, and fruit trees can also attract them, so be sure to walk your lawn and remove any fallen foods. Spills from bird feeders, bones in your compost, and easily accessible sources of water also make your yard more attractive, so eliminate them.
There are also a number of skunk repellents that will keep them from moving into your lawn. While it might not be possible 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 must be applied regularly to maintain their efficacy. Similarly, commercial repellents that can be sprayed around your yard will provide 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 barriers must be well constructed.
How to Eliminate a Skunk
If you’re dealing with a skunk that’s already residing in your yard, it is time to find its den. It is best to perform this work at night once the skunk is out foraging so as to avoid being sprayed or bitten by the skunk. Seal up the entrance to the den with whatever you have available, keeping in mind the skunks need only a small opening. You can also wet the skunk den with a hose, as skunks do not like a wet habitat. Similarly, it is possible to spray the den with pepper spray or a commercial repellent to encourage the skunk to leave. If these less invasive approaches are not effective, you may want to get your hands on some skunk traps. Box skunk traps are small enough that the skunk cannot spray effectively. Once trapped, you need to call Indian Harbour Beach Rat Removal to collect and remove the skunk.