How to Keep Skunks out of Your Yard

Getting rid of skunks from your yard doesn’t have to be a stink. Although some skunks can be domesticated, most are wild creatures that can wreak havoc on your home and garden. The good news is you don’t have to share your home with a foul-smelling skunk. A few modifications can control your skunk problem and get them gone – for good.

Signs of a Skunk Problem

Spotting skunks in your yard is no easy feat. Skunks are nocturnal and typically only come out during the day if they’re hungry or rabid. One of the most telltale signs of a skunk invasion is the stench of their infamous spray. Household pets may have been sprayed and smell of the musk.

Another sign of skunks is that the creatures tend to burrow in yards. They leave behind holes with a diameter around four inches. Skunk holes typically have a cone-shape.

The biggest complaint about skunks is that they are scavengers. Skunks target corn and will eat the lower ears. They are also known for raiding chicken coops to steal eggs and sometimes a chicken as well. Skunks will also pilfer garbage cans to search for food.

Remove Food Sources

One of the worst things you can do is feed a skunk — even if you’re doing so unintentionally. Make sure all trashcans are covered with secured lids. If you have a vegetable garden, you should put up a low mesh fence to keep skunks away from your crops. As an extra deterrent, you may find that surrounding the perimeter of your garden with cayenne pepper is useful. Also, feeding any of your pets outdoors can definitely attract skunks to your home. Feed household pets inside and don’t put out low-hanging bird feeders.

Keep the yard clean. Remove any seeds and berries on the ground since they can be a food source for skunks. Rake any leaves from the yard since they could be concealing berries or seeds.

Prevent access to chicken coops to stop the skunks from raiding at night.

Skunk Exclusion

Another way to get skunks out of your yard is to stop them from finding shelter on your property. If you have a woodpile or logs in your yard, the skunks can use them for hiding. Piles of brush should also be eliminated since they can act as temporary skunk habitats. Put wire fencing over burrows to prevent skunks from occupying them. Skunks can also make homes under decks and sheds- fashion barriers around these structures to eliminate any entry points. If you suspect a skunk is sheltering beneath a deck or shed, don’t attempt to trap them on your own. Getting sprayed by a cornered skunk can be very serious.

Bright Lights

A bright light can easily frighten skunks away since they are nocturnal creatures. Some homeowners decide to set up spotlights in their yards as skunk deterrents. However, running a light all night long may irritate neighbors and cause a big surge in your monthly electric bill.

Automated Sprinklers

Skunks are very skittish creatures and will often get scared away by electronic repellents such as automated sprinklers. Using motion sensors, the sprinkler will come on and squirt the skunk with water. It could cause skunks to skulk off and never return again. However, placing automated sprinklers in all areas of the yard where you wish to prevent skunks from entering could become costly.

Do you have a wildlife control problem that you can’t seem to fix? Skunks are volatile creatures and may still hang around despite the modifications made to your yard. Allow the pest and wildlife experts at Carolina Pest Management to help you not only remove skunks from your yard, but keep them away for good. With over  75 years of experience in the pest control  industry, Carolina Pest Management  is a provider you can rely on. Contact us if you need pest control in the Charlotte area.