You can smell them, you can see the damages they cause, but you can never find out why they are coming around your house to start with. Skunks are attracted to gardens, so if you have one on or around your property, you have found your answer. Not only do your gardens offer a tasty meal for skunks, it gives shelter, and that’s why they tend to stick around instead of eat and run.
Skunks are omnivores like us, so they eat all types of vegetables. But they’ll also dig up lawns and gardens for insects and grubs. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective methods to get rid of skunks on your garden. Continue reading to learn them, and what to do if your skunk problem is larger than you can handle.
Skunks will not feel safe in a brightly-lit place, and prevent lights at all costs to protect themselves from risk. Also, as nocturnal mammals, they have sensitive eyes, so bright lights hinder their ability to navigate well in the dark, and even disturbs their eyes. If you don’t wish to leave lights on all hours of the night, simply opt for motion-activated lighting that will only turn on if they detect activity.
Believe it or not, there are a few smells that can deter skunks from entering your property. Just like humans, some scents are irritating and unpleasable into skunks, so they avoid them when they can. Try citrus smells. Skunks do not like citrus fruits such as limes or lemons, so scattering peels and rinds around your backyard will thwart skunk presence. Also, skunks will not come near ammonia. Consider soaking cotton balls in ammonia and scattering them about. Just make certain to repeat this every few weeks since the ammonia will eventually evaporate.
No, you do not have to hunt down or attract other animals that prey on skunks! We don’t wish to cause any injury to them at all, we just want them to ignore our gardens. Alternatively, you must make a skunk think there are predators nearby. You can purchase coyote urine and spray it around the perimeter of your yard, or perhaps use common canine urine. Simply reapply after every rainy day.
Animals are attracted to food and shelter, it is as simple as that. Simple protecting your garden isn’t sufficient to keep skunks away. You must also eliminate all other attractions on your property, including pet food, pet bowls, bird baths, squirrel feeders, bird seed, compost piles, garbage cans, and much more. Skunks are not good climbers, so a low fence may be quite effective too.
It’s very important to hire a certified wildlife removal company for safe and humane skunk control service if your skunk problem is too large to manage by yourself. This is particularly true when you have skunks nesting in indoor areas of your home, like a crawl space or under a porch. They retain the expert training and resources to eliminate skunks safely, and relocate them to a safer and faraway habitat.