If you have a skunk in your yard, it won't be a very good feeling. While skunks can be relatively harmless if left alone, they can still get into your garden and destroy it. They also pose a risk of spraying you or your pets if they are confronted and feel threatened. This spray is very strong smelling and the smell is extremely hard to get out. There is also the chance that they can carry rabies. For these reasons, you want to do what you can to get rid of any skunks you have on your property and this article will help you to do that.
Clear out food sources
The first thing you want to do is clear out any sources of food you have around the property that makes it easy for them to stay fed. Pick up fruit as it falls to the ground and try to pick it before it gets to the point of falling.
Keep pet food bowls inside if possible, especially after dark. Keep your yard raked since grass clippings may contain seeds the skunks will be drawn to. Make sure your bird feeder has a tray under it that catches the seed, preventing it from laying on the ground and tempting skunks.
When you put your kitchen trash into the outside trash can, make sure you double bag it and tie it securely. Use a can with a lid that locks on the can and spray some vinegar on top of the bags to discourage the skunks from going after it.
Seal up openings
Go around the border of your house and look for any holes or cracks where a skunk can get in and make their home. You will seal up these entrances using different methods, depending on where the opening is located. You can use wood to board up a hole in the siding of your house, concrete patching to seal up a hole in the foundation and dirt or rocks to close up holes that go under the house.
Install motion activated lights and sprinklers
Motion detecting lights and sprinklers can scare off skunks when they get surprised. However, it is possible for the skunks to find paths around them that don't set them off.
If you can't seem to get rid of the skunks around your property then it may be time for you to call out the professionals. A pest control company like B & W Pest Control can come out and help you to get rid of them for good.