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Skunks are generally easy-going animals and they are useful in that they eliminate other common insect and rodent pests. In spite of this, they are a gardener’s nightmare with their digging up of seeds and roots. The matter of their notorious smelly spray also means that most home owners loathe having skunks around.
Skunks will often leave small, cone-shaped holes in your garden and lawn when they dig for grub. Keeping them away from your garden frequently requires a combination of prevention and exclusion strategies, with humane removal where the animal is already in residence.
Habitat Modification and Removal of Food Sources
Remove fruit that has fallen from your trees especially those that produce nuts, berries, crabapples, or other fruits. Pick them as soon as they ripen and rake your garden as often as is necessary.
Inspect the wall around your garden and block all holes and burrows that are potential hideouts for the skunk. Block all accessible holes in outhouses as well - porches, sheds, decks, and under elevated houses and foundations.
Be sure to remove brush piles; use gravel, fencing, or plywood to seal all holes and potential entries.
It is important that you study your skunk’s behavior patterns and den locations well enough before deciding which repelling solution to employ. Chemical repellents need to re-applied every couple of days, especially after a rain. Electronic repellents on the other hand require little maintenance in addition to being eco-friendly. In order to increase your chances of success at repelling skunk, you may combine more than one repelling solution. Read more about How to keep skunks away.
Popular skunk repellents include ammonia and pepper sprays, predator urine, electronic sprinklers, citrus peels, among others.
Perhaps you have missed out on the chance to prevent opossums from accessing your yard, or they managed to find a way through your laid barriers, like they often do. Your best bet in this regard is to trap and remove them from the property. Read about How to trap a skunk.
If you have tried all and the opossum problem persists, you may want to call in a wildlife professional in your area for expert advice and implementation.
Go back to the Skunk Removal page, or learn tips by reading How to get rid of skunks.