Having skunks as visitors is a pesky problem nobody wants. Skunks are scavengers that come out at night and early morning in search of food. Skunks eat anything, from garbage to bugs. Once they find tasty bits to eat on your property, you can be sure that they shall be returning more frequently.
Here are ways to eliminate visits from these pests from your property or to make sure that they never even venture into your property:
- Eliminate the very things that skunks look for as food. The most common of these are:
- Unprotected Garbage – Always make sure that you place your garbage bags for collection in metal or plastic trash cans with the lids firmly in place. Never leave trash bags out on the curb.
- Larvae and Grubs –Grubs are probably a skunk’s absolute favourite thing to eat. Grubs are beetle larva that can be found beneath your lawn. Skunks will dig out your lawn in search of grubs. One way to make sure that you are not a breeding ground for grubs is to deploy helpful nematodes or worms that also love to eat grubs.
- Pet Food – Never leave uneaten pet food out in your yard. This is a sure way to invite these pesky black and whites into your property.
- Nuts, Berries and Fruits– If you have fruit and nut bearing trees or bushes on your property, make sure to de regular
checks around your property for fallen fruit and nuts. Fruits and nuts that lie on your lawn will definitely attract skunks into your property.
- Other Things that Attract Skunks – Compost heaps
are will definitely bring the skunks in. If you do have a compost heap, you can build a fence of medium height to bar the skunks from entering. This works as skunks are not the greatest of climbers. Ground-dwelling insects like to live under dead leaves and foliage. Skunks like to eat these insects. Make sure that you
periodically clean your property of dead leaves and foliage so as not to attract these scavengers. Make sure that you do not have easily accessible water sources on your property. Water is very inviting to skunks.
- Skunks are nocturnal animals and bright lights will serve as skunk deterrents. If you install bright flood lights with motion sensors on your property, these can be useful in keeping them off your property.
- Using commercial animal repellents and spicy pepper solutions or concoctions have also been known to work as skunk deterrents. These have to be reapplied periodically around your property.
- Should you already have a skunk in residence, set up a skunk trap and lure the skunk by placing smelly food by the trap. Once the skunk has taken the bait and you have it in the trap, take the skunk in the trap into a wooded place far from your property and release the skunk there.