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There is no such thing as an effective skunk repellent. Period. People will always try to sell you products, and magic cure-alls. In the field of wildlife control, you'll often find many bogus products offered for sale. Skunks are mammals. They are similar to you and I. There is no magic scent or smell or chemical or poison that will deter them. The internet is full of skunk deterrent products, but none of them work. Some of these products include fox or coyote urine, which is a nice idea in theory (these animals are predators, so they must scare skunks away!), but these urine repellents aren't effective. Other products are simply made of naphthalene - moth balls - which some companies sell as an end-all be-all in wildlife repellant. Sorry, it simply doesn't work. I've seen people dump a whole 5 lb. box of mothballs under a deck where skunks are living, and they don't care in the slightest. They keep using the area. Other people try to repel skunks with castor oil based sprays and liquids. The idea is that the castor oil makes the ground taste bad, or it makes the worms and grubs in the ground unpleasant to eat, and this drives the skunks away. Again, such products don't work in the slightest.  Yu are welcome to try them, but you'd be better off not wasting the time and effort on repellant products.



There is no magic spray or powder or anything else to keep away skunks. If you have a skunk problem and you wish to get rid of them, they should be physically trapped and removed from the habitat. Either that, or physical barriers, such as fences (that go at least a foot underground) should be put in place around the perimeter of the area the skunk is entering (such as under a shed or porch deck) as a means of skunk prevention.

Here are some additional articles about skunk trapping and removal:
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How to trap skunks yourself
How to remove skunk smell
Skunk repellent
Problem skunk prevention
How to kill skunks


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How to Get Rid of Skunks Outside - If you live in a rural area you will likely see a skunk from time to time, and it will be unlikely that this animal will take up residence in your yard when there is an entire wilderness at its disposal. If, however, you leave your garbage out at night, have a compost pile, or leave pet food on the front stoop, a skunk might stay longer than desired. To get rid of skunks outside, consider being proactive about keeping your property unappealing to these animals. Keep any food items cleaned up or secured in solid containers. Do not leave pet food out overnight. Close up any gaps beneath porches, decks and patios. If you really fear skunk invasion, have a perimeter fence installed around your property. Skunks are opportunistic and will venture out looking for easy ways to get a meal. If your yard holds no appeal, a wandering skunk will remain just an occasional sight and not a permanent fixture.

Example skunk emails:

Hello, We have a skunk living under our front entrance concrete step that needs to be removed. It is an obvious entrance with easy access. I've successfully trapped many small animals in the past using different type of Havahart traps, including a skunk once but decline to relive the skunk experience again. Due to the current economic conditions in our area, I need to know in advance the estimates and options for this solution? Thanks and look forward to your reply, Joe

Hello, We have a problem with a skunk who has been spraying by our porch and kitchen. (Most likely the creature is hanging out underneath the porch. We had a problem before and I thought I had it blocked off, but I guess I was not quite thorough enough.) We also have a woodchuck underneath a gazebo in the back yard. We would like to get both relocated. We are currently renting the house and are out of town. Evidently, the skunk spraying was really bad and they are suffering, so we would like to take care of this as quickly as possible. Thanks for your help, Ron Cordially, Ron