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Are you thinking that you may have skunks visiting your yard quite frequently and turning it into a mess? Well, there’s a few ways that you can tell and the most obvious one is the smell. A skunk has an intense smell unlike anything you’ve ever smelled before. Also, you may notice their droppings which can be up to 4 inches long and at least1/2 inch round. You will easily recognize them due to the seeds and animal hair that is inside of them. A skunk is known for digging up a person’s lawn in their attempt to find larvae. Look for tracks near the area that has been dug up. If you notice five paw prints with nail imprints attached to each one on a regular basis, you may have a skunk problem. Do you want to know how to keep them from nesting and digging up your yard? If so, keep reading!
Remove Their Food Sources
If you want to repel skunks, you have to keep the yummies out of the yard that’s attracting them. Use lids on your garbage cans that are not easy to get off, yet will cover the entire trash can. Always tie the trash before placing the lid on and never ever leave pet food outdoors. Not only will you attract skunks, but you’ll attract other animals as well. The next thing you know, you’ll be feeding an entire neighborhood of hungry animals. Checking under your porches, sheds, patios and crawl spaces for openings that need to be sealed can keep skunks from coming into your home in search of food as well. If you have trees or bushes that harvest fruits, berries or nuts, check your yard often in search of those that have fallen on the ground and remove them. Remove all water sources that skunks can easily access as well.
Because skunks are nocturnal animals, they prefer to come out and search for food at night. Light has been known to frighten them and send them elsewhere to look for food. By using a bright light in your yard at night, you can keep them from coming in your yard and digging up their supper. Does this really work? It could probably work for a little while, but imagine the money you’d have to spend on your electric bill just to light your entire yard. Not to mention, your neighbors probably won’t be too fond of a bright light being on all night long. Motion detector lights could work; however, animals become immune to specific things after a certain period of time, just as we humans have a tendency to do. You may find yourself looking for another repellant before you have a chance to actually get rid of your little friend.
Hot Pepper Recipe
You could certainly make your own repellant without having to spend so much money on store brand repellants. With a yellow onion that is chopped, chopped jalapenos and a tbsp of Cheyenne pepper all mixed into 2 quarts of water for at least 20 minutes, you can have your own repellant. After the ingredients have finished boiling, use a cheese cloth to strain the liquid. Afterwards, just throw it into a spray bottle and spray it on anything that you don’t want the skunks taking a bite out of. This recipe has been known to produce effective results, but it only lasts about 3-5 days before you have to reapply it again.
Automated Sprinklers also known as the scarecrow sprinklers are also a common way to deter skunks. The automated sprinklers have motion sensors that come on and squirt the skunk or any other animal that comes within so many feet of it. The skunk then associates this frightening experience with your yard, and decides to never return. You can place these sprinklers anywhere in your yard near the area you want the skunk to stay away from. If you want them to stay away from your yard completely, you may have to invest in more than one which can be expensive. It can certainly kick your water bill up a few notches as well.
When it comes to barriers, this just might work. Skunks are horrible climbers and even worse at jumping so a barrier just might do the trick. However, they are excellent diggers and can squeeze themselves into holes that are about 4 inches wide. Keeping them out with barriers require that you seal up any holes and ditches. Enclose areas that are open and large with mesh wire of about 3 feet high and 1 foot deep. There’s no need to dig a really deep hole because skunks won’t even attempt to dig under the fence unless they are able to see an opening on the other side. It’s also important to make sure that you seal off any openings under your home, sheds and decks.
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- with fumigants or poison.
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- does it work?
Information about how to catch a skunk
- remove one stuck in the house.
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