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How to Get Rid of Skunks In Yard

Keeping a house safe from critters and pests is as hard as it gets. If it’s not cockroaches, you’d have to deal with flies. It seems like there’s no rest for you and all the pests are out to get you. Each weekend is spent either chasing after pests or thinking of ways to fight the latest infestation. Is there no stopping the madness?

Some people might think there isn’t!

Just when they are able to successfully get rid of the pests from the house, a new problem arrives in the yard. No plant is safe and there’s a chance that they would eventually make their way in the house. What a bother!

Of all the critters that people despise, skunks take the first spot. Look at them from a distance and you can’t stop falling in love with the cute, furry animal. You’d want to cuddle the cuteness out of them. Try doing that and you’d be stinking up the house for weeks.

It’s not just the smell that makes skunks the most undesirable critter; it is their tendency to do away with your garden produce. The fruits that you slaved hours for, are going to make the perfect Saturday night meal for these pests. And all you’d be able to do is shake your fists at them as they run away with your garden produce.

This bandit like characteristic has made skunks the least favorite critter for home owners. So, as a last resort, you’d have to get rid of them.    

About Skunks

There are about 20-30” long and have an average life span of 2-4 years. If your yard is comfy, with plenty of food source, you’d have to endure these critters for the next few years. If they give birth there, you better start looking for a new property or you’ll find yourself babysitting the young ones for years and years.

Even though skunks prefer insects and grubs, their diet is likely to change with seasons. From small rodents to fruits and berries, skunks have a pretty flexible diet. Since they are most active at night, you wouldn’t know where all your fresh garden produce keeps disappearing to. Before throwing all the blame on the kids, make sure you don’t have a skunk infestation on your hands.

Here are some of the ways you can find out if you have a skunk infestation.  

  • Skunk odor  

  • Skunk tracks

  • Holes in lawn

  • Pilfered trash cans

  • Raided poultry houses

Since skunks carry contagious diseases, they are a health hazard for your pets and family. So, gear to get rid of this critter.

The 5 Methods to Get Rid of Skunks—For Good!

Given below are different methods that are designed to help you get rid of skunks in your yard once and for all!

  1. Keep the Garden Clean

If you are a lazy gardener, your yard is likely to be full of fallen fruits and nuts. That’s what attracts the skunks in the first place. Now that you know the problem, start from here. Keep your garden clean at all times.

  1. Live Skunk Traps

It’s quite easy to trap skunks. Invest in a sturdy live trap and place it in one of the places skunks frequent the most. You’d want to get the right food to use as bait. Fish, cat food or anything that has a strong odor would work.

Even when trapped, skunks are capable of raging havoc on you. Conventional wire traps are effective in trapping the animal but they can easily spray you full force. However, there are some traps that offer you protection from that and are completely covered.     Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we highly suggest the Havahart Live Trap.

  1. Clean the garden

Skunks love garbage cans and if you don’t keep an eye on sanitation, your yard might be on the verge of a skunk infestation. Make sure the garbage can can’t be easily toppled over and always secure the lid. Always tie the garbage bags so the smell doesn’t attract skunks. If possible, keep the trash cans at a distance from the house.   

  1. Use Skunk Deterrent Products

Products like skunk deterrent sprinklers work effectively, at least for a short while. These devices detect skunk movement and start spraying water. After a while though, the skunks would just get used to it and pretty soon they’ll be enjoying the artificial rain, while feasting on the fresh produce of your garden. 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. 

Another option is flashing lights. They also have motion sensors and start flashing away as soon as they detect movement. The problem with these repellents is that eventually the skunks realize that they pose no real danger to them and hence become fearless. It’s better to pair up this technique with another one to make it more effective.   Aside from lights, you can use noises to keep skunks away.  Yard Gard Ultrasonic Pest Repeller can safely repel skunks with noises they cannot stand and us humans won’t be able to hear.  

  1. Spray Skunk Repellent Sprays

There are a few smells that can repel even skunks. That’s kind of hard to believe! Go for sprays and products that contain either fox or dog urine. These two are the natural predators of skunks and so these products can prove to be helpful in scaring the critters away.  

Preventing a Skunk Infestation

Removing food sources around the house is pretty much the biggest preventive measure you can take. This goes for pet-food bowls and even bird feeders. The birds will get their food elsewhere, don’t worry and you can always feed your pets inside the house.

If you have an insect infestation, it will eventually attract skunks. So make sure you get rid of the infestation before you get another one. Wire mesh around the yard would also work to deter skunks. 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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