Facts About Skunks And Skunk Removal.

Most likely a skunk has entered your yard because it’s looking for food or a place to build a den to have babies. Skunks reproduce between April and September, so if you find one under your deck, sidewalk, or foundation during that time you should assume it has babies under there with it. Skunks can have up to ten babies! They also can take up to 9 weeks to be old enough to leave their den. so here are some tips to avoid skunks and how to discourage them from your home.

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Skunk Removal

Always check local wildlife regulations before attempting to trap or relocate skunks, as laws vary by location.

For safe skunk removal from your yard without causing harm to the animal or yourself, you can follow a humane and effective approach.

The first technique I would suggest trying is a One-Way Exclusion Door If a skunk has made its home under a structure, installing a one-way exclusion door can allow it to leave but not return. This method should be used with caution during the breeding season to avoid separating mothers from their babies. If this method works its the safest way for both the home owner and the animal.

Choose a medium-sized live trap, ideally around 10″ x 12″ x 30″, which is suitable for raccoons and will also work for skunks. Ensure the trap has solid sides to reduce the risk of being sprayed. Traps like the R24 Skunk Trap Resister are specifically designed to prevent the handler from being sprayed. Once trapped, cover the cage with a cloth to calm the skunk and carefully transport it to a suitable release area, following local wildlife regulations.

Placement of the Trap
Set the trap in areas where skunk activity is noticeable. This could be near your shed, deck, or any area where you have seen the skunk or noticed signs like holes or overturned soil. Ensure the trap is placed on level ground to prevent it from tipping over and startling the skunk.

Baiting the Trap
Skunks are attracted to foods with strong odors. Effective baits include cat food, canned tuna, sardines, chicken, or turkey. Sweet foods like marshmallows can also be used, especially to avoid catching non-target animals like cats. Place the bait behind the trigger plate to ensure the skunk fully enters the trap.

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Signs Of Skunks In Your Yard

Since skunks eat insects and grubs they dig small Holes in Your Lawn or Garden. They look like cone-shaped holes in the ground or more specifically three to four-inch half-moon shaped depressions. Skunks may roll back sods in the yard instead of digging through them if they identify loose sods. 

knocked over trash cans are another sign skunks have been on your property. Raccoons aren’t the only thing going through your trash looking for something to eat. I get calls from customers constantly thinking they have a raccoon problem only to be unpleasantly surprised that they have a family of skunks.

A musty or skunk-like odor may be present, which could indicate a skunk den nearby or a recent spray. We all unfortunately know what a skunk smells like, and if you get a whiff of natures repellant then that’s a good sign a skunk has burrowed into your life.

If you can get visual confirmation that a skunk is in your yard that always confirms your suspicion. If you patiently watch from a safe distance he will lead you to his burrow. 

Skunks are nocturnal so most people can spot them at dusk or dawn.

How To Make Your Yard Unattractive To Skunks

Secure trash bins: Ensure that all garbage cans have tight-fitting lids and are not easily accessible. Do not leave pet food outside and remove bird feeders or secure them in a way that does not allow skunks to access the food. 

Eliminate Water Sources: Remove or secure any sources of water that might attract skunks to your property.

Control Insect Populations: Since skunks feed on insects, reducing the insect population in your yard can make it less attractive to them. Consider natural or chemical means to control insects.

Bright Lights: Install motion-activated lights in your yard. Skunks are nocturnal and may be deterred by sudden bright lights.

Install Motion-Activated Sprinklers: These can startle and deter skunks without causing them harm.

Exclusion Techniques

After Skunk Removal

Once the skunks are gone, take preventive measures to ensure they do not return. This includes securing potential food sources, maintaining a clean yard, and installing barriers to prevent digging under structures.

Install a Fence: A sturdy fence that extends underground can prevent skunks from digging their way into your yard. Ensure it is at least 1.5 to 2 feet deep. You should also install this fence behind lattice so they can’t get under your deck and their old burrow.

 It is imperative to do these steps AFTER you or a Wildlife Professional has successfully completed skunk removal.

Safety Precautions Always wear gloves and long sleeves when handling traps to protect yourself from potential bites or scratches.

It’s important to note that trapping and relocating skunks may be subject to local and state regulations, and in some cases, it may be illegal or require a permit.


If skunk removal become a nuisance it is recommended to contact a licensed wildlife professional. 

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