Skunks are usually benign creatures who know to steer clear of people; regrettably, pets and other wildlife will sometimes attack or provoke them with unpleasant results. If you wish to prevent problems with skunks, some of the best methods for how to eliminate a skunk involve avoidance. However, in the event that you currently have this creature living somewhere in your yard, eliminating it can be tricky. Before we talk about how to eliminate a skunk, it’s important to be aware that they carry rabies and you shouldn’t approach them.
As scavengers, skunks are likely to consume anything they encounter; so, should they find food on your property, they are very likely to return or even to make a home for themselves. As such, you want to take some time to ensure that garbage is sealed properly and that there are no sources of food in your yard. Never leave pet food outdoors since this will also attract skunks, and likely racoons and other creatures also. Nut, berry, and fruit trees may also attract them, so be sure to walk your lawn and remove any fallen foods.
There are also numerous skunk repellents that will stop them from moving into your lawn. While it may be impossible to get consistent results, bright lights and automatic sprinklers will typically keep skunks away. Otherwise, residential and commercial repellents may also be effective. Pepper sprays work well but must be applied frequently to maintain their effectiveness. Similarly, commercial repellents which can be sprayed through your yard will provide some protection. Finally, skunk barriers are also helpful from preventing skunks from entering your yard. Skunks can’t climb or jump well, but will fit through openings as small as 4 inches, so barriers must be well constructed.
The Way to Get Rid of a Skunk
If you are dealing with a skunk that’s already residing in your yard, it is time to locate its den. It’s best to perform this work at night once the skunk is out foraging in order to avoid being sprayed or bitten by the skunk. Seal up the entrance to the den with whatever you have available, remembering that skunks need only a small opening. It is also possible to wet the skunk den with a hose, as skunks do not like a moist habitat. If these less invasive approaches aren’t effective, you may want to get your hands on some skunk traps. Box skunk traps are small enough that the skunk can’t spray effectively. These traps should be baited with odorous foods such as sardines, tuna, or canned cat food. Once trapped, you need to call animal control to collect and get rid of the skunk.