Skunks do not hibernate during the cold months, but they do remain generally inactive during the winter. This means individuals are likely to see a rise in the number of skunks around their homes. If you are looking to avoid a fresh tomato juice bath, follow these simple tricks to keep skunks away from your home.
Remove food from outside
All wild animals are food-driven, and skunks are no exception.
If you have outdoor pets, try to feed them during the day. After they are done eating, promptly remove any uneaten food before it starts getting dark out.
Skunks are nocturnal creatures, which means they are most active during nighttime. During this time, they will be more than happy to feast on any leftover dog and cat food.
Skunks also enjoy feeding on fruits and berries that have fallen from trees in people’s yards. To keep skunks away, pick fruits and berries as soon as they ripen and routinely rake your yard.
Put up a fence
A fence is a great way to prevent skunks from trespassing on your property, but only if they are built correctly. Skunks are extremely talented diggers, so fences need to be buried at least two feet in the ground.
If any part of the fence is above the ground, skunks can easily burrow underneath to reach food sources or shelter.
Do not rely on natural repellents
While natural skunk repellents have proved to be somewhat effective, it is not a good idea to completely rely on natural repellents.
Cayenne pepper, jalapeño pepper, and ammonia might provide short-term solutions to scare off skunks, but these harsh solutions also pose a threat to humans and pets if touched.
Remove possible den sites
In addition to keeping your yard clear of possible food sources, homeowners should also eliminate possible sources of shelter.
Skunks tend to use brush, wood, and rock piles to establish dens. Clear away all debris from around the home that might lend shelter to these creatures.
Homeowners should also seal any entrance points that lead under the house, porch, or deck that would be suitable for a den location. The same should be done for any dens that have been abandoned by other wildlife as pre-built structures are very appealing to skunks.
Have A Skunk Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a skunk problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.
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