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How to use one-way exclusion funnels to remove skunks

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Usually when you have skunk issues on your property, the best thing to do is get rid of those skunks quickly or have them removed. This can be done in several ways and with different procedures. One effective way is by employing exclusion strategies to keep them out without necessarily killing or harming them.

The one-way exclusion funnel usually has flanges, or wings on the wide end, to mount the device onto the building (for instance when the skunk is inside an attic), and a torsion-spring repeating door leading into the cage. It works for the humane removal of skunks in and around your house, garden, golf course, under your shed or under your porch; just like live trapping.

Just as the name implies, a one way exclusion funnel swings only one way. It is usually installed over the entry point of the skunk’s den. Prior to setting it up though, you must ensure that all other openings and potential entry points are identified and sealed off. It is advisable to do this in the day when the skunk(s) is still inside the den. Afterwards, place the funnel on the one remaining entry point.

You may purchase one-way exclusion funnels at the animal store or devise one for yourself at home. Typically, a one way exclusion funnel works to keep the animal out after it must have gone out through the funnel. The funnel hole must neither be too big nor too small; it should be extremely precise such that a skunk can leave through but find it impossible to get back in. If it's too big, the skunk will re-enter easily and if it's too small, it won't be able to go out and the whole essence of using one-way exclusion door becomes defeated.

The proportions of this funnel must be just apt, with the outward opening wide enough to let the skunk out, but not wide enough to let it back in. An experienced hand will get this right. Thus, an untrained individual may not get optimal results from its usage. If the funnel doesn't work and you need to use a cage, read about How to trap a skunk.

Go back to the Skunk Removal page, or learn tips by reading How to get rid of skunks.

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