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Getting Rid of Skunks

March 11, 2015

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?

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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 28, 2010

I have a skunk under my cabin.

By johnb3624 from Utica, NY

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

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March 29, 20100 found this helpful

You could try this. locate where is entrance is. Skunks are nocturnal so wait until he leaves the area under your cabin and close it off with wire mesh sheet metal or some other product he cant penetrate.

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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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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 19, 20120 found this helpful

There are electronic devices you can buy that emit a sound skunks don't care for and they stay away. Do a search on Gogle or go to Amazon and you can find them. Another option is a dog. A mid to big size dog. You could also just ask at a Lowes or Home Depot and they may have something.

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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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How can I discourage skunks from coming onto our property?

By AvaElizabeth from London, Ontario, Canada

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March 10, 20100 found this helpful

There is this thing called "Synthetic Predator Pee" & it repels animals from the area because they think they may be hunted by their natural enemies. The only problem is, you have to re-apply it each time it rains.

I have a second idea. If you or a friend has a cat & they use a natural, biodegradable cat littler (like S'wheat Scoop-made from wheat, Worlds Best-made from cornmeal, Or Feline Pine-made from pine, or the new biodegradable Arm & Hammer litter made from corn fibers) These are now sold in most grocery stores. You can mix the dirty cat litter around in the litter box, then pour it around the edge of your property, or where you know skunks like to go. Hopefully the smell of the cat will keep the Skunks away!

This cat litter will naturally biodegrade, & in a year or two you can plant flowers there, but you should never grow vegetables where you place the litter. Also, some people buy plastic owls that have heads that move & sometime they can keep birds & other critters away.

Never use Hot Pepper outside because if someone's pet gets in your yard, the hot pepper can get in their eyes & they can dig their eyes out because of the pain. I used to recommend hot pepper to keep varmints away, but so many ThriftyFun readers wrote to me about the dangers, that I always warn people now!

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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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October 29, 2014

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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December 2, 2008

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?



Tena from Clovis, CA

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By nightrain71 (Guest Post)
December 2, 20080 found this helpful

I know of a product called Shake Away Small Animal Repellant Granules, although we have never used it. Its active ingredient is 1% garlic oil and 99% calcium carbonate(baking soda) and Urea (animal urine) and water. This product is available online for 20 oz. is $17.99. But, what I would do is go to a Rural king store and buy Fox Urine. I know it sounds crazy, but it is what we used to get rid of our groundhog in one of our outbuildings. It was literally busting the concrete up inside the building as it burrowed! I took the nasty smelling stuff and put it on cotton balls and put them inside of a knee hi pantyhose. I put this in the hole where we figured he was or had been. No more groundhog. This costs about $7. Animals are afraid of predators. So, he supposedly thinks there is a fox around, so he leaves. Hope this helps.

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October 15, 2011

There's a skunk hole near the woodpile. I need to get rid of the skunk so that we can get wood out for use this winter. The smell is still around, too. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

By thenewmrso

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

Skunks do not like loud noises so if possible, set a radio near the hole and play it loudly esp. at dawn and dusk when it may be coming and going. Moth balls thrown down the hole may work or they may do as my skunks did, just rolling them away. Placing set mouse traps (you don't need to bait them) around the hold might work. Skunks, other than their smell, can be desirable as they eat grubs and other insects.

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