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How to Get Rid of Skunks

They might look adorable from afar, but no one can tolerate their presence around their house, especially with their notorious stinky spray. Skunks are nocturnal creatures that can cause a lot of trouble in and around your property. Because they are troublesome critters, you should get rid of them fast.

Why Skunks are a Nuisance?

  • The landscape of your property will have an ongoing unmistakable and unbearable stink, thanks to the sulfur-enriched spray of skunks. You might also get this unpleasant smell in rooms through the windows that open in your garden. Having a stinky house is not something one would like, appreciate or even tolerate. Apart from its unpleasant smell, the spray is a skin-irritant and can cause partial blindness.

  • Holes in your lawn and destroyed plants will not only increase your upkeep spending, but will also destroy the curb appeal of your house.

  • If you have pet birds in your yard or lawn, then their safety is compromised with the presence of skunks.

Ways to Get Rid of Skunks

Above mentioned reasons make a strong case to get rid of skunks from your property.

Install Lighting Fixtures around your House

Have a well-lit yard. Keep the space outside your house well lit too. This can help prevent stinky skunks from invading your space. They love to live and hide in dark spaces. Installing light fixtures of high luminescence in your yard and lawn will keep skunks away from your property.

Seal and Cover Open Spaces

Spaces alongside the boundary of your house can become safe havens for skunks. For instance, spaces beneath house decks are ideal for skunks to hide. To prevent skunks from building nests in all such spaces, it is necessary to seal these areas effectively. If you are doing it on your own, use metal flash wires and screenings with ¼ inch gratings to cover and seal all those spaces.

Cut their Food Supply to Get Rid of them

By making it difficult for them to feed off of your property, you can get rid of skunks. If you keep pet food and bird seeds outside, then make sure they are contained in chew-proof containers and housed safely especially, during night.

If the outside space of your house has fruit plants and vegetables, then it will become an ideal eatery for skunks. Remove all the fallen fruits and vegetables from your yard and cover small vegetable plants with plant covering. Not emptying your garbage cans and keeping unsatisfactory sanitation around your house can also provide skunks and other critters with sufficient amount of food to survive.

Using Repellents

You can also get rid of skunks by using different types of repellents.

  • Ammonia

Skunks have a sensitive sense of smell and sprinkling ammonia around can repel them.

  • Pepper Spray

You can make a natural skunk repellent in your home by using some basic home ingredients. Add some jalapeños, chopped yellow onion and a tablespoon of cayenne pepper in two quarts of water and boil it for a good 15-20  minutes. Filter the solution through cheesecloth and use it with spray bottle after every two to three days.

  • Predator Urine

Skunks are afraid of dogs and coyotes. The urine of these animals can be used as skunk repellent. You can find predator urine from pet stores and sprinkle it on places mostly visited by skunks. Sprinkle the space again within the next 24 hours to maintain its repellent effects.

  • Professional Repellent products

Aside from the above options, you can always resort to professional repellents that the pros use and are proven to work. For skunks, we have several options which can effectively ward them off of your land such as Critter Ridder and Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent. These products come in granule form which you can scatter out in your yard. A skunk will come into contact with the granules and taste them and will be hit with a digusting taste that will make them not want to step foot anywhere near your property.

We also carry Detour Rodent Repellent which contains a hot pepper extract that if skunks come into contact with, they will feel the unpleasant burn of hot peppers. This comes in tube form which you can apply like you would caulk.

Motion Detection Sprinklers

Install motion detection sprinklers where there are more chances of skunks staying and getting shelter. These automated sprinklers will sprout a spray of water if they detect a movement of skunks. These sprinklers are a safe and natural way to get rid of skunks from your property.

Aside from sprinklers, you can also use another motion detecting deterrant that uses ultrasonic sounds which will scare off skunks from your property. Yard Gard Ultrasonic Pest Repeller. This safely repels skunks with noises they cannot stand but it won’t effect humans at all, all we would hear is silence. Skunks would want to be nowhere near your home if you have this product set up.

Live Traps

If you are fed up with the presence of skunks around your house and above mentioned ways are not working to get rid of them, then using live traps (we carry the Havahart Live Trap which is good for skunks) to catch them might be a viable option. Pick the right size of trap – something that is not big enough to allow skunks to escape. A trap with spring loaded door is a good option to use.

Using Baits along with Traps

You can make baits through a variety of foods. Meat-based baits work best with a live trap, but they will also attract stray cats. Make a bait by using bread covered in mayonnaise, apple slices and peanut butter to avoid attracting stray cats.

If you don’t want to make baits by yourself, then go for commercially available ones. Professional baits make it easier to catch skunks through traps. You can get humane live traps such as the Havahart Live Trap  and other professional baits from Solutions Pest & Lawn. We offer a variety of effective pest and critter control products.

Once you capture the skunk, check with local laws to devise your next move. You can either take them to animal control center, or release them far from your home in a location where they can’t invade any other public property.

Get rid of the Smell

The skunk’s smell is not only unpleasant and strong, but also very hard to remove from the affected areas. You can make an effective skunk smell remover on your own. Mix a quarter cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of dish soap with a liter of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Rub this mixture on affected areas and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse It off. You can also get commercially available stink removers from any store dealing in pest control products.

Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn we highly recommend using the Earth Care Odor Removal Bag. You’ll be amazed how quickly this deodorizing bag can eliminate an odor as strong as skunk stink.


Skunks can be a stinky nuisance if they venture upon your property. However, with the solutions we presented above in the form of home remedies and high quality professional DIY products, your home can thankfully be skunk-free.

If you would like any more pest advice, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com




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