Skunks are usually benign creatures who know to steer clear of humans; unfortunately, pets and other wildlife will occasionally attack or provoke them with unpleasant results. If you wish to avoid problems with skunks, some of the best methods for how to eliminate a skunk involve avoidance. However, if you currently have this creature living somewhere in your yard, getting rid of it can be tricky. Before we discuss how to get rid of a skunk, it’s important to note that they carry rabies and you shouldn’t approach them.
As scavengers, skunks will likely consume anything they encounter; so, if they find food on your premises, they are likely to return or even to create a house for themselves. As such, you need to take a while to ensure that garbage is sealed correctly and that there are no sources of food in your yard. Never leave pet food outdoors since this will also attract skunks, and likely racoons and other creatures also. Nut, berry, and fruit trees may also attract them, so be sure to walk your lawn and remove any fallen foods.
There are also numerous skunk repellents that will stop them from moving into your yard. While it might not be possible to get consistent results, bright lights and automatic sprinklers will usually keep skunks away. Alternatively, residential and commercial repellents may also be effective. Pepper sprays work well but must be applied frequently to maintain their efficacy. Similarly, commercial repellents that can be sprayed around your yard will provide some protection. In the end, skunk barriers can also be useful from preventing skunks from entering your yard.
How to Eliminate a Skunk
If you are dealing with a skunk that’s already living in your yard, it is time to find its den. It is best to perform this work at night once the skunk is out foraging so as to avoid being sprayed or bitten by the skunk. You can also wet the skunk den with a hose, as skunks do not like a wet habitat. If these less invasive methods aren’t effective, you may want to get your hands on some skunk traps. Box skunk traps are small enough that the skunk cannot spray effectively. These traps should be baited with odorous foods such as sardines, tuna, or canned cat food. Once trapped, you should call animal control to collect and remove the skunk.