- 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
- A cage trap
- Chicken wire
- A sprinkler system
- A wet towel (optional)
- A motion sensor for sprinklers (optional)