Dealing with skunks

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 eliminate a skunk involve prevention. However, if you currently have this creature living somewhere in your yard, eliminating it can be tricky. Before we discuss how to get rid of a skunk, it is important to be aware that they carry rabies and you should never approach them.

Hooded Skunk, Wildlife, Portrait
Prevention
As scavengers, skunks will likely eat anything they encounter; so, should they find food on your property, they are very likely to return or even to make a house for themselves. As such, you need to take some time to ensure that garbage is sealed correctly and that there are no sources of food in your yard. Never leave pet food outside as this will also attract skunks, and probably racoons and other creatures also. Nut, berry, and fruit trees may also attract them, so make sure you walk your lawn and remove any fallen foods.
There are also a number of skunk repellents that will stop them from moving into your yard. While it might not be possible to get consistent results, bright lights and automatic sprinklers will usually keep skunks away. Otherwise, commercial and homemade repellents may also be effective. Pepper sprays work well but has to be applied regularly to maintain their efficacy. Similarly, commercial repellents that can be sprayed around your yard will offer some protection. In the end, skunk barriers can also be useful from preventing skunks from entering your yard. Skunks can’t climb or jump well, but will fit through openings as small as 4 inches, so obstacles must be well constructed.
How to Eliminate a Skunk
If you are dealing with a skunk that is already living in your yard, it’s time to find its den. It’s ideal to do 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, keeping in mind that skunks need only a small opening. It is also possible to wet the skunk den with a hose, as skunks don’t like a wet habitat. Similarly, you can 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 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 Melbourne Beach Rat Removal to collect and get rid of the skunk.

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