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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,
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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