It’s hard to miss the presence of skunks on your property. The smell tends to linger even after they wander off. If you’re struggling with skunks in your yard, the first thing you should do is make an effort to eliminate anything that could be drawing them. Here are some tips to help you eliminate the skunks from your land.
Don’t Provide Them With Food
Skunks are not overly picky eaters. They can be drawn into your yard for many reasons, including not only your trash, but also pet food, bird seed and other scraps. If you have a garden with fruit or vegetable plants, you’ll want to make sure you harvest anything ripe every day. Pick up anything that falls to the ground as well. For more protection, put a fence around your garden that sinks beneath the ground by a foot or so and then rise several feet above.
Figure Out Where They’re Hiding
If you believe that skunks have made a home in your yard, you’re going to want to be proactive about eliminating anywhere they may make a home. Take some time to spread some flour in areas where you think they might be making a den. Watch it for signs of footprints. Once you have identified a den, wait for the skunks to go out in the evening and then stuff the entry with wood, paper or something. If you have any reason to believe that there are babies in the den, shine a flashlight in there to check. If there are, you’ll need a pest control company to get rid of them.
Discourage Their Presence
Skunks will only stay in your yard as long as they’re comfortable. If you make the property uncomfortable for them, they’re likely to move on. Install a motion-sensor light pointing directly in the areas where the skunks are scavenging for food or into the opening of their den. The light will discourage their presence.
Put a single-direction door on the front of the den. That allows any skunks from inside to get out without allowing them to get back inside. Once you’re sure that there aren’t any skunks inside, you can block off the entrance completely with a wooden block or steel panels.
If these tips don’t help you get rid of the skunks, you’ll have to work with a skunk removal service that can trap them and remove them from your property.