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How to Get Rid Of Skunks

You'll be able to breathe easy once you rid your property of skunks.


  • Step 1: Remove food and water source Remove food or water sources, including garbage, pet food, birdbaths, compost piles, bird food, and fruit and berries from trees and shrubs.
  • Step 2: Use metal garbage cans Dispose of garbage in metal garbage cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent animal entry.
  • Step 3: Add floodlights Add bright floodlights to your yard to scare skunks away at night.
  • Step 4: Use a cage trap Put a cage trap that is at least 11-by-12-by-30-inches where you notice repeated activity.
  • TIP: Put a wet towel over the cage to protect yourself from being sprayed once the animal is trapped.
  • Step 5: Surround garden with wire mesh Surround your garden with chicken wire to discourage skunks from burrowing.
  • Step 6: Startle a skunk Startle a skunk by setting your sprinkler system to come on at night.
  • TIP: You can install a motion sensor for your sprinkler system.
  • Step 7: Clean area Keep your yard well maintained to keep the skunks from returning.
  • FACT: A skunk can discharge musk as far as 12 feet.

You Will Need

  • Metal garbage cans with tight-fitting lids
  • Floodlights
  • A cage trap
  • Chicken wire
  • A sprinkler system
  • A wet towel (optional)
  • A motion sensor for sprinklers (optional)

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