Skunks are night creatures that can spray their smell up to fifteen feet. Wild skunks can carry rabies and other diseases, so it is important that you never approach a skunk, as you can end up being bitten by it. If someone does get bitten by the skunk, then it is important to immediately seek emergency medical care.
1. Keep Skunks Away – Skunks are known to hunt at night and forage for food. This means that they will eat anything from garbage to bugs and more. If one of these finds something to eat on your property, the chances are that he will start to visit you again and again. Let’s talk about the steps to keep skunks away. Since skunks are night creatures, you’re most likely to smell their odor at night or in the wee hours of the morning. They will eat all kinds of things including human waste, larvae, bugs, bird eggs, rodents, and more.
Here is a list of common skunk food:
A. Garbage that is not protected – when you take your garbage outside for the trash collector, be sure to store it in a plastic trash can that has a secured lid on it or a heavy duty metal trash can with a lid. Never put your trash bags directly on the curb.
B. Larvae and grubs – Skunks love to eat beetle larvae that are also known as grubs. These larvae live underneath your lawn and skunks have been seen digging small holes in to the yard to hunt for these larvae.
C. Pet food – never leave your pet’s food unprotected and outside at night. It’s as if you’re inviting the skunks to come and feast. One individual would leave table scraps outside for the neighborhood cats, but instead ended up with a nice large family of skunks coming to feast.
D. Fruits, nuts, and berries – if you have fruit trees or any foliage that bears fruit, then you should make sure that you retrieve any of that may fall to the ground. Skunks love to eat on these.
E. Other things that attract skunks – bird feeders, water sources, dead leaves and foliage that hide ground dwelling insects, and compost heaps are also things to look out for.
A lot of people are just not sure as to what to use to repel the skunks. One of the things that can help is bright lights. Because skunks are nocturnal, they prefer dark hiding places. By making your area well lit with flood lights, you can keep them away. Another way to keep them away is to use a scarecrow sprinkler. This is a sprinkler that is connected to a motion sensor. This device will spray any animals with water that try to come into your yard. Another idea is to use commercial repellents, but you should keep in mind a humane treatment and not to cause any suffering to skunks.
Skunks cannot climb very well and they cannot jump high, but they can fit through small openings and they are excellent diggers. Therefore if you erect a barrier around the main areas that skunks are liable to be, then you can keep them out. Skunks like to make their nests underneath decks, sheds, and houses. Sealing these areas off can help to keep these critters at bay. Skunks will not burrow underneath something unless they are able to see that there is room on the other side, so be sure to fill any ditches or holes up in your yard. Enclose big areas with a 3 foot wire mesh fence. You can use chicken wire for this.
2. What If A Skunk Has Moved In? – You should be careful when you are around skunks; they could have deadly diseases like rabies. If you see a skunk and it seems disoriented, acting strange, and foaming at the mouth, then you should call animal control immediately.
Forcing Skunks Out And Away
Removing skunks is not that difficult, especially when you keep the main key in mind. It’s all about getting most of your work done, while the skunk is out hunting for food. This helps you to prevent getting sprayed with their stinky smell.
Traps for Skunks
If you can’t seem to get the skunks to leave willingly, then you can consider getting a skunk trap. You’ll want to be sure to check with your local law enforcement and animal control to make sure that you are within the limits of the law to do this. Also be sure to keep in mind to do this in the most humane way possible. If you are able to legally invest in a skunk trap, then be sure the trap is small enough to keep the animal from raising the tail up all the way.
As you set your skunk trap, be sure to gather a few old blanket or old towels outside of the trap to enable a safer approach later. Also, be sure to put bait in the trap. Sardines, tuna, or anything with a strong odor will be a good choice. Check the skunk trap daily, as you may end up catching stay cats or dogs as well.
Once you’ve caught the skunk, cover the trap with the towels so that the animal cannot see outside. Be sure not to smother the animal and leave it plenty of breathing air. Then locate a secluded area far away from your property, and place the trap on the ground. Next, you’ll want to open up the trap and let the skunk out. Usually, skunks will be fearful and confused, so it may take a while to work up the courage to leave out of the trap. Be patient and let it take its time to leave. You can help coax the skunk out by setting the skunk trap angled towards the floor to help it leave out. Alternatively, you can leave for a few hours and come back, retrieving the empty trap.