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Getting Rid of Skunks

They may be cute and fluffy, but skunks are rarely welcomed guests around our homes. This is a guide about getting rid of skunks.

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Getting Rid of Skunks
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March 11, 2015 Flag
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I have read that adding ammonia around the yard, under the porch, shed, etc. will keep skunks away. I believe I have a family living under my shed. When is the best time to add the ammonia?

By Lynn B.

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March 16, 20150 found this helpful
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The best way to get rid of a skunk is to hook up a light that will shine all night under your porch. Skunks hate light and they will pack up and leave. Keep light connected up for a few nights, he will make his home elsewhere. No need for chemicals or poisons. Skunks are nocturnal and hate light.

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March 12, 20150 found this helpful

Skunks are night critters and you need to find where they are getting in. Sprinkle a thin layer of flour to see when they leave and block it so they cannot get back in. If you try the ammonia, do it late evening and only on one side of the shed. If you do all the way around, they will not have any way to get out of it.

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October 29, 2014 Flag
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How do I get skunks out from beneath the house, without a professional exterminator? My 7 mo. old puppy now knows what a skunk is.....first hand! Needless to say she got sprayed right in her face. After the old tomato juice, baking soda, vinegar treatment, I'm glad to say she is smell free. As for the skunks under the house...they're still there.

By Mara W. from Myrtle Creek, OR

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October 30, 20140 found this helpful

If you have skunks under your house just get a bright light and hook up outside under porch and turn on every night. Skunks are nocturnal and will just leave. They hate light.

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January 21, 20150 found this helpful

Take some old clothes that have been worn and not washed, cover them in household ammonia and through them under the porch. Skunks hate ammonia. If you feed your cat or any other animal outside, they are staying close for the food. The also eat mice and cockroaches so if you have a low bug/ pest problem the skunk is why - he eats those things. They can be beneficial for ridding your yard of other pests, as long as they don't take up residence. Give it a try. It worked for us. We had them in the storm drain outside and they left and haven't been back.

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February 29, 20160 found this helpful

Another great deskunk is per vet, quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide 1/4 c. Baking soda,1 Tbls. Dawn dish soap mix it in jug use as shampoo after dog is sprayed . gone !!! Good smell.

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March 19, 2012 Flag
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How can I get rid of a skunk that walks across my patio every night and lets go! It wakes me up and the stench is awful sometimes fuming up the entire house.

By KO

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March 20, 20120 found this helpful

Use a cage to trap him in and then get rid of him, or let him go somewhere else.

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March 21, 20120 found this helpful

My old stand-by sprinkle some moth balls along the edge. There has to be a reason why the skunk is spraying; that is their only line of defense and they use the spray only as a last resort. They hiss, stamp their feet in warning before they spray as they have only a limited amount to use. You have have feral cats coming onto your patio. Is there food there that is attracting both?

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March 21, 20120 found this helpful

I would go to google.com and type in getting rid of skunks in yard. A lot of good answers pop up. I would forget the moth balls they are more of a danger to you and pets than the skunk. Some of the responses are, shoot the skunk, use a trap, place ammonia soaked rags about the property, find the den and fill it in after placing a screen over the top of the den. The night critters are looking for food from either you as a source or grubs in the lawn. Last resort is to hire an exterminator.

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September 6, 20160 found this helpful

If you catch them in a cage how do you move the cage with out getting sprayed?

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March 28, 2010 Flag
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I have a skunk under my cabin.

By Johnb3624 from Utica, NY

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

Do not hurt the skunk. Check internet as to when babies arrive in your area. Use care not to move if there are young. Skunks are beneficial for many reasons. A loud radio under the house will move that critter elsewhere. I had the same thing and made friends. It was delightful! If you have a dog that might like to chase or catch the skunk, that lil' black and white needs to move on.

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March 30, 20100 found this helpful

OMG! LOL Don't upset or scare the skunk! LOL I've never had this problem, and so can laugh (and I am believe me!). But seriously, Muttmom was right.

And yes, if you can make friends with the skunk they are amazing animals. I had a pet skunk for a while (mine was de-scented tho, and when I had to get rid of it, I gave it to a local wildlife sanctuary where it would be kept safe) and he was such an amazing animal to have around. Not exactly like a cat, although similar. But he was amazing.

I wish you luck getting him out from under your house. But as long as he doesn't get upset or scared you shouldn't' have too much trouble. Foxrun41 also had an good idea as far as closing off the area when he comes out to feed. But before you close it off, make sure there aren't any babies in there waiting for mama to come back.

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April 2, 20101 found this helpful

John

We have just in the past 2 months excavated 4 skunks under our house. They were running us out.

My hubby placed his camera under the house to check their schedule. They were leaving under our house at dark and returning early morning. Finally, we place a live trap at the opening before they would leave and was able to catch them one at a time. We baited the trap with bacon grease. This kept them slurping until the trap caught them. The trap was attached to a long rope so there was no opportunity to be sprayed. Just FYI-If a skunk can't raise his or her tail, they can't spray. Our trap was small enough that they could not raise their tail.

Finally, we are skunk free. Also caught 2 raccoons and 1 possum. We live in the country. The crawl space hole is now closed up.

They would make noise under the house and the dog would bark at the noise and when the skunks heard the bark, they would spray. I left home several times during the night because the odor was so horrible. My hubby is now my hero. Sorry this is so long but I want desperately to help someone else because we were miserable.

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March 1, 20160 found this helpful

Hi, I live at Vaughan. Recently we had an incident of removing the skunk from our garden. Since it was outside the house, we didn't bother much and undertook few steps in order to restrict the entry into the house through windows, doors, etc.But the skunks dug into the grass and fell into a window well, hole where they then get trapped. Through a basement of an open window, skunks ventured through and fell inside the house. We had no other way to contact professionals in humane skunk removal. They set a special door and secured the hole and perimeter. The Skunk got trapped once the skunk was out.

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March 10, 2010 Flag

How can I discourage skunks from coming onto our property?

By AvaElizabeth from London, Ontario, Canada

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

I had this problem a few years ago. I called animal control and they told me to use moth balls around the outside of the yard and bushes, this worked. If you have any pets, make sure to place the moth balls where they can't get to them.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

I just saw a show about skunks on our PBS channel. They recommended a boom box, on low, with the bass at its highest level. Point it toward the area where they are hiding (this was under a porch) and only play it at night. Worth a try and won't harm other animals or the environment!

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Pebblesru4, unbelievable that your local animal control recommended moth balls :-o Not only are they poisonous to any living creature (including your pets and children) but also cause respiratory problems and pollute the area they are placed :-o They are only meant for a completely enclosed chest, box, etc, to keep moths from eating woolen clothing! Hopefully your animal control is no longer suggesting this!

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June 21, 20160 found this helpful

I cut the toe off old pantyhose and put a chunk of strong smelling soap in them such as Irish Spring and tie them low down on the fence. It keeps them away as they hate the smell.

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December 2, 2008 Flag
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I am looking for ways to keep skunks away. I saw someone suggest using coffee grounds, but how do you use them? What are the bowls of vinegar used for?

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