Skunk Control & Removal
In short, the best way to get rid of skunks is via
live trapping and removal. You can also install
exclusion barriers to keep them from going under
your shed, deck, porch, etc. There is no effective
skunk repellent spray or powder or device. Luckily,
it's not hard to trap them without them spraying
you. Read the below for more in-detail tips to get
rid of skunks.
skunk removal in your town? Now serving over 400
US locations - updated for 2018
omnivores, and will feed on almost anything,
including small rodents, worms, insects, grubs,
carrion, fruit, garbage, and pet food left outdoors.
are easy to recognize with their bold black
and white coloring. While most animals
prefer camouflage, a skunk's distinctive
coloration serves as a warning of its potent
attack. Using special glands below the tail,
skunks can spray their powerful scent up to
15 feet. This scent burns an attacker's
eyes, and causes temporary blindness. Of
course, the stench is too much for most
animals to bear, and serves as a strong
warning against future attacks. Adult skunks
grow to about 22-30 inches and 8-12 pounds.
Skunks are primarily nocturnal. All skunks
After you read the below information, in the event
that you wish to hire a skunk removal company, you
may want to see how
much does skunk removal cost?
Nuisance concerns: Skunks are well known for
their strong odor. People can often detect a single
roadkilled skunk for miles. No homeowner appreciates
this scent under their deck. Furthermore, a skunk in
the area poses a constant threat to nosey pets. I've
cleaned dogs that have been sprayed before, and
believe me, the scent does not come off easily. Of
course, no person wants to risk being sprayed by a
startled skunk. Skunks frequently choose to live
under human structures such as sheds, decks, or
crawl spaces. They often discharge their scent in
these places. Skunks are also common carriers of
If you or your pet has been sprayed by a skunk,
check out my page about skunk
odor removal, for the only effective substance
to get rid of the smell - it's not vinegar or tomato
juice, and you can easily make it with the simple
household items seen below:
How To Get Rid of Skunks: The two most
important things you can do are trapping and
removal and prevention via exclusion
barriers. If a skunk has taken up residence
under your shed or porch or deck, you'll need to
trap and remove and relocate the animals. Use a
larger trap, raccoon size. Read here for skunk
trapping tips including trap types and bait.
Be sure to relocate the skunks at least ten miles
away! If you don't want to have the problem again,
you should take preventative measures, such as
building an exclusion barrier around the shed or
porch. This is basically a steel screen or any
barrier that prevents the animals from going under
there again. I've mostly used half-inch steel mesh
buried into the ground at the base, but you can use
decorative lattice if you wish, or even build a
stone or brick wall.
What if a skunk has fallen down a basement window
well? You have two options: You can either hire a
professional to remove the animal, likely via use of
a snare pole, or you can place a wood plank down the
well, and hope that the skunk can climb up and out.
If you have a skunk in the attic, or a skunk in the
wall, it can be removed via either trapping or by
cutting a hole in the wall, but these scenarios are
rare. It's far more common to find a skunk under the
house than inside any part of the structure.
We know how to get rid of skunks that there is no
magic spray or device that you can use to make them
go away (though their spray might make you go away).
Some people try to sell predator urine, such as
coyote or fox urine to get rid of skunks, but that
doesn't work. They also try to sell ultrasonic sound
emitters. These devices are worthless at eliminating
skunks. Some old wives' tales recommend the use of
mothballs or ammonia-soaked rags to make them leave,
but I've been to countless homes where these
techniques failed - biologists know that these
attempts won't work. Read about skunk
repellent products. The ONE AND ONLY WAY to
take care of your problem is with trapping and
removal of the animals. If you need to find a
professional trapper in your hometown, just click
our comprehensive list
of hundreds of wildlife removal professionals,
and you can have your problem quickly taken care of!
is not a photograph that I took.
Someone else took it for me. The
reason is because I don't get any skunk
calls here in Orlando Florida. It's
too bad. I like skunks. I even
like their scent. I have a thing for
skunk scent. But I haven't smelled it
down here, not even on the highways.
Up north in Pennsylvania, where I grew up,
skunks were common, and every few miles down
the road I had the pleasure of sniffing one.
Here are some of the cities that we service: -
Phoenix Critter Removal -
San Jose Critter Removal -
Sacramento Critter Removal -
Denver Critter Removal -
Orlando Critter Removal -
Miami Critter Removal -
Jacksonville Critter Removal -
Atlanta Critter Removal -
Chicago Critter Removal -
Indianapolis Critter Removal -
Baltimore Critter Removal -
Charlotte Critter Removal -
Portland Critter Removal -
Philadelphia Critter Removal -
Pittsburgh Critter Removal -
Houston Critter Removal -
Seattle Critter Removal
that will get rid of skunks.
How To Get Rid Of Skunks In Your Garden
When you worked hard to grow a lovely vegetable
garden, the last thing you want to see in that
garden is a skunk. A garden provides a ready food
source for skunks. So long as they have access to
that food, you can be assured that they will not
leave until your garden is destroyed. The problem
and the solution may be that they will eat not only
your roots and the grubs that live around them.
Skunks eat anything. They just like to get their
meals the easy way. So, one way of getting rid of
them may be poisonous pellets, but poisoning is not
what most people would want to do.
To stop skunks from being in your garden, a more
humane effort would be to place chicken wire around
the perimeter of your garden plot as well as your
compost pile, if you have one. You can also try to
find their den and throw a couple of handfuls of
moth balls into it but this will only make the skunk
move to another hole. This can also be complicated
by the need to make sure the den is empty. You donít
want to disturb a nursing skunk mom. She will make
you sorry by spraying you. The best way to get rid
of a skunk is to buy a live trap, trap the animal
and remove it to a far-away site. This can be quite
tricky for obvious reasons.
How To Get Rid Of Skunks In Your Yard
To remove skunks from your yard is a pretty big job.
Your yard may be quite large with many opportunities
for skunks to set up housekeeping. First you must
find out where they live. If you see them disappear
under a shed or porch, or even under a woodpile next
to a shed, then you have probably found their den.
You canít just approach this den and poke into it
with a stick trying to get them out. For one thing,
that could be very dangerous if a skunk mom is
protecting her babies. Secondly, a skunk is wildlife
and with any wildlife, you need to think about
rabies and other bacterial or viral diseases. So be
careful how you go about getting rid of them.
Buying a live trap is probably the best way to move
them out of your yard. Disguising the trap with
leaves and sticks, placing an incentive inside, such
as dog food or something perhaps coated with peanut
butter, may get your skunk trapped. Once you have
the skunk in the trap, make sure there arenít any
babies left in the den. If there are, they need to
be trapped also. Then take the entire family a few
miles away from your home and set them free. Once
you have deposited your animal elsewhere, make sure
your yard does not pose as an attraction to wildlife
How To Get Rid Of Skunks In Your Garage
Can you imagine getting ready for work one morning,
opening the garage door and getting hit with a whiff
of skunk! That would be a pretty serious eye opener.
First you may want to see if the offending critter
is anywhere in sight, especially if his backside is
facing you. If that is affirmative, then run!
One way to get rid of a skunk in your garage is to
wait until it is gone and then close the garage
door. You can also spray pepper spray at the bottom
of the garage door so that the skunk will be
reluctant to try to enter again. Some garage doors
are not functioning correctly and there are gaps
between the door and the ground where the skunks can
squeeze their way inside. There may be a hole along
you wall somewhere in your garage that serves as an
entrance. In these cases, closing the garage door
wonít matter. However the skunks got in, the fact is
that it has to leave. If you know where in your
garage they like to stay, place moth balls in that
spot. They donít do as much good as is reported, but
they may get the skunks out long enough for you to
take more effective measures. Spraying pepper at the
skunksí entrance may stop them from entering again.
This has to be done maybe daily, or at least several
times a week. Trapping it in a live trap is another
How To Get Rid Of A Skunk In Your Shed
Sheds are ideal places, from the skunkís
perspective, to live. A shed is relatively quiet
most of the time and it provides shelter from
elements and predators. They can mate and raise
babies there, undisturbed. When you notice that you
have squatters in your shed, they may be living
there already in multiples. You need to get them out
for health reasons as well as because of the fact
they are just plain nuisances.
Some people advocate bright lights as a repellant.
Since skunks forage at night, they are not too fond
of bright lights. This may be a bit hard to do in a
shed since you have to get in there in order to set
up the lights. The skunks are inside and so far as
they are concerned, you are invading THEIR home. You
wonít get a warm welcome. While lights may work,
they are not a good option in a shed unless you know
they are all gone before you bring in the lights.
You can sprinkle chalk dust, corn starch or flour on
the ground at the portal they use to get in and out
of the shed. After dark, check if you see tracks
leading away from the shed and therefore safe to
enter. Pepper sprays, repeatedly applied, will also
chase them out of your shed. Once they are gone,
close up any openings and create a barrier of
chicken wire around the bottom of the shed.
Ultimately, I recommend trapping and removal of the
skunks. They can be relocated, or you can kill
skunks if that's the regulation in your state
due to rabies. If you don't want to trap, and they
are living under a structure, you can also attempt
Read any of the below for more skunk information:
About Skunks - Biology Information
What Should I Do With A Skunk After I Catch It?
Do Mothballs Or Ammonia Help Repel Skunks?
Should I Feed A Baby Skunk That I Found?
What Should I Do If I Find A Nest Of Baby Skunks?
What Should I Do If I Find An Orphaned Baby Skunk Wandering About?
What Is The Best Bait To Trap A Skunk?
Will The City Or County Animal Services Help Me With A Skunk Issue?
What Kind Of Damage Do Skunks Cause Under A House?
Is A Skunk That Is Active During The Daytime Rabid?
What Is A Skunk's Natural Diet And How Does It Get Its Food?
What Diseases Do Skunks Carry?
How To Keep Skunks Away From Your Property
What To Do If A Skunk Gets Into A House, Bedroom Or Kitchen?
What Are Some Humane Ways To Kill A Skunk In A Cage?
Should I Hire A Professional Or Remove Skunks Myself?
Do Skunks Make Good Pets?
How To Keep Skunks Out Of My Garden
How To Keep Skunks Out Of My Garbage Cans
How To Use One-Way Exclusion Funnels To Remove Skunks Without Trapping Them
Is Skunk Feces Dangerous To Touch Or Breathe?
Do Skunks Jump?
How To Remove A Skunk In The Basement
Home Remedies To Keep Away Skunks And Get Rid Of Them
Do Skunks Live In Groups Or Alone?
The Fastest Way To Get Rid Of Skunks
Do Skunks Dig In Lawns Looking For Food
What Are The Common Problems That Skunks Cause?
How To Remove Skunk Odor From Typical Places It Has Sprayed
How To Find And Remove A Dead Skunk
Where Should I Relocate A Trapped Skunk?
Should I Ever Poison A Skunk?
Are skunks dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?
Will A Pest Control Company Remove A Skunk?
How To Get Skunks Out From Under Your Shed Or Porch
What Is A Skunkís Natural Diet?
The Mating And Birthing Cycles Of Skunks
Do skunks dig in lawns looking for food?
What Are Some Ways To Kill A Skunk In The Yard?
Do skunks kill chickens?
Do skunks hibernate in the winter?
Baby skunk scent gland removal
Can a skunk climb a fence?
What is a skunk's typical diet?
Do skunks jump?
How to remove a skunk in the basement, attic, or anywhere in a house
How To Get Skunks Out Of A Window Well
What Do Wildlife Rehabilitators Do With Skunks?
Why do skunks spray?
Why Do Skunks Dig?
Why Do Skunks Have A White Stripe?
Where Do Skunks Live?
How Do You Know If You Have A Skunk Under Your Shed Or Porch?
Will A Skunk Under A Shed Or Porch Have A Nest Of Babies?
Is It Legal For Me To Trap A Skunk?
What Equipment Is Needed To Trap A Skunk?
How to identify skunk tracks
What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of A Sick Skunk?
Can a skunk spray more than once at a time?
Will A High Pitch Sound Deterrent Machine Work Against Skunks?
How to remove skunk smell from a house or car
How to scare a skunk away
Do All Skunks Have Rabies?
Is It Safe To Handle A Skunk With Bare Hands?
How To Get Rid Of Skunks Without Killing Them