There are five species of skunk in the United States. This includes the eastern and western striped, the hog nosed, the hooded and the spotted. Every state has at least one type; every state has some kind of a skunk problem. This article will detail some of the most common skunk problems we have in our country and then offer solutions on how to resolve these problems.

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The skunk we have in our country all can have at least one and some cases two litters a year. These litters can have at least two young or as many as ten. Skunk are nocturnal and will forage for food along established routes they know. Skunk don’t fear many animals; their scent glands can eject up to 10 feet and if provoked, they will spray!

Skunk, like porcupine, seem to be a common problem for dogs. One would think a dog would learn to avoid both porcupine and skunk, but most don’t. Instead, they seem to find every one which comes onto their property. (Personally, I believe dogs like the smell of skunk. Read on to learn how to get rid of that nasty skunk smell when pets get sprayed!)



Skunk eat just about everything including grubs, insects, plants, vegetables, fruit, frogs, small fish, garbage and just about anything you leave out in your yard which is organic. For this reason they can become a regular visitor leading to damage and smells most people don’t want or like. Once they find good food, skunk like to take up residence. It is common to have them move under trailers, mobile homes, crawl spaces, porches, slabs or just about any place which is at ground level and can provide a roof.

Spotted skunk are good climbers; they will readily move into attics or openings of any home which will provide shelter. Because of the behaviors listed above, skunk can be a nuisance. When foraging for food in your yard, they will kill grass and plants. Garbage bags and cans will be turned over and strewn all around in search of food. Skunk will readily eat from gardens, fruit trees and storage bins. They will nest under homes creating smells that can be strong enough to force the residents to leave.

Pet food which is kept outside will draw every skunk in the neighborhood and once they start coming around, it is only a matter of time before your pet is sprayed. Each one of these problems can be dealt with and resolved. In some cases repellents will work; in extreme cases trapping may be your only option. Once removed, the odor can be eliminated with our special skunk odor eliminator. Let’s take a look at these options.



As stated above, Skunks are nocturnal foraging at night. If you find turf uprooted and thrown around the yard, it could be a skunk. Other animals that may do this include armadillo, raccoon and opossum. If you believe you have one of these other animals active in your yard, refer back to our article archive where you will find articles on how to deal with them. To stop the skunk from digging in your yard for food, you will need to reduce the local insect and grub levels.



Scatterbox HB Granule SpreaderDelta Gard GranulesTo do this will involve the application of two products. First, spread DELTA GUARD GRANULES over as much of the turf as you can. Use a GRANULE SPREADER for correct distribution or a regular fertilizer spreader. These granules are far superior to dursban granules and will work both faster and longer. In general, they will last 2-3 months per application and will filter through the soil to kill insects as they develop. Delta Guard will also reduce local insects which are active on topsoil as they crawl over treated areas.

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Grub Free Zone III GranulesIf you are treating for prevention and don’t have current activity, use some MERIT GRANULES. This product will not work quickly like the Delta Guard but has the advantage when you want something to last longer. Merit can last for up to a year without needing to be reapplied. Because of this long term residual, they are an excellent material to apply to keep all types of grubs minimized.

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Hose End SprayerBifen XTSSince both these granules take a while to penetrate and need to be watered, the second product you need to use is a new compound called BIFEN XTS. This product has been out for a little while but not long enough for insects to build up any resistance. This assures a quick and complete kill. Apply it with a HOSE END SPRAYER. Bifen will provide a quick knockdown of the existing insects; the Delta Guard or Merit will last a few months or longer providing long term control.

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If Skunks active around the perimeter of the home, under a porch, under a deck or other area adjacent to the house can be repelled by applying a combination of PEST RID GRANULES and PEST RID SPRAY. Using all food actives, these non-toxic food grade products will repel skunks from treated areas.

The granules will readily absorb the Pest Rid Spray enabling the impact of the liquid spray to effectively magnify itself. This will help treatments last up to one month. Apply the granules first around the perimeter of the property, where the skunks have been seen walking, etc.

Next, spray over the top using the Pest Rid Spray. Use 1 lb of granules for every 250 linear or square feet of turf. Use 32 oz of Pest Rid Spray for every 125 linear feet or square feet of turf and apply them on top of the granules.

Pest Rid is effective at keeping traveling skunks off your property and can be used over large areas effectively. But if they’re coming to your yard for food, you’ll probably have to do some of the treatments listed above to stop them from digging or employ the Ultra Sound device listed below.

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Granule Liquid GuardTo help the Pest Rid Granules last longer, install GRANULE GUARDS. every 10 feet around the property line. They’ll protect the granules from the rain and sun allowing some to last longer. Still treat the open ground but for extra protection, use some guards too.

Each Guard will hold 2 oz of granules and should be sprayed with 1/2 of Pest Rid Spray before capping them and set out in the yard. For added “scent release”, drill 4 holes around the top. Space the holes equally apart and place them just under the lid. They’ll help release odor more direct to the surrounding area.

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Scare CrowIf you have observed skunks traveling either around or on your property from time to time, there might not be anything in particular they are seeking. However, their smell will still be strong enough to linger for days. This odor can be so offensive that you may want to stop them from coming around. There are two ways to achieve this. First, if you have identified where the skunk are traveling, try installing one of our MOTION ACTIVATED WATER SPRAYERS along this trail. This device works by using water supplied by a garden hose. The unit has a motion detector and when it’s “eye” sees the target animal it will activate the sprinkler head to fire. The sprinkler will then release a three second blast of water which skunk do not like. The water and the spray will scare them away and after 1 or 2 experiences like this they will stay away.

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USD AC/BATT YARD GARD (49)If you are not quite sure where the skunk is coming from or moving to, consider one of our ULTRA SOUND YARD GARD’S. This technology is relatively new but seems to have practical uses for certain animals. Skunks are one type which don’t like the sound. Generally, animals will retreat from any area when the sound is detected. If they try to enter again they will be confronted with this sound over and over. These devices come in three designs which are sure to offer both coverage and options to fit your need. In fact, we have had people use them to chase off skunks which had created dens under decks and buildings. The units were installed adjacent to the nest location and skunks apparently don’t like it much because in all applications they moved out within a day of hearing the annoying sound.




Salmon PasteLive Trap 11x12x36 W/CoverLive Trap 11x12x30If the above treatments fail and the skunk you have are too persistent, you may have no other option but to trap them out. We have two live traps which work well for this task. Both have a cover that will keep you from being scented. The LT 11x12x30 W/COVER will be large enough for most any skunk. The cover engulfs the entire length of the trap and leaves only the front door open. This will still allow for the skunk to enter and yet not interfere with the trap mechanism. If you have a really large skunk or have some other need for a longer cage, get the LT 11x12x36 W/COVER trap. It uses the same cover so the front section of the trap will be exposed. However, if you keep this side of the trap pointed away from you during animal transport, it won’t be able to scent you. To get the skunk in the trap, use our special bait called TRAPPERS CHOICE SALMON PASTE. This strong smelling lure is sure to get any local skunk curious since it can be detected from several hundred yards. But only use this if you are not sure what nuisance animals are feeding on.

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Grub BaitIf you have them digging in the yard and suspect they are looking for grubs, then use our GRUB BAIT. Once trapped, call your local animal control office to have the animal removed. You may be able to destroy it yourself or relocate it. Keep in mind skunk can carry rabies so don’t handle it. If it is relocated, be sure to take it at least 15 miles away to insure it won’t return.

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BG 330BG 280BG 220If you prefer to use a kill trap, the Bodygrip Trap is the way to go. For skunk, go with a BG 220, BG 280 or BG 330. This trap has been used for years on beaver, raccoon and other nuisance animals. It will work on skunk as well. Sets can be made over dens or along trails or paths they are using. Bodygrip traps are basically two pieces of steel which with strong springs. When compressed, the springs store a lot of energy which is kept under control by the dawg or holding mechanism. The trap is then placed over a den hole, a hole in a fence or an entrance under a deck or crawl space. When matched right, the trap will encircle most of the hole and any skunk will try to pass as normal. The trigger of the trap will then release the set allowing the energy of the springs to open.

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Body Grip Trap Stand 18"Basic SettersSo strong are the springs that the frame of the trap will crush the target animal to death in a matter of moments. It is strongly suggested that you use BODYGRIP SETTERS when using these traps since they will enable you to compress the springs with a lot of leverage. BODYGRIP TRAP STANDS can also be a big help. They will allow for trap sets at both ground level or hole entrances. When you want to make a set at ground level, use the stand with the rebar anchor. Sets you want to make at holes which are through wood will be much easier using the trap stand with the wood screw mount.

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Don’t worry about the smell of skunk getting on the traps; this actually works to your advantage. Traps which have skunk scent on them tend to be ignored and since the smell is so strong, it makes the trap stealthy. Kill traps are sometimes preferred because there is no concern about what to do with the animal once trapped; a dead skunk is a lot easier to deal with then one which is alive and ready to spray!



Pump SprayerBG 2300N7COnce the animal has been removed, there may be some smells which linger. Skunk smell is persistent; one generally knows a skunk was around months after it is gone. To reduce these odors, use N-7C. This concentrate is easy to use and works well at removing skunk smell. Spray it over areas where the smell is detected. Use one of our PUMP SPRAYERS to apply it. For hard to reach places, you may want to use an electric space sprayer like our BG FOGGER. This device will spray N-7C up to 75 feet and is great for hard to reach crawl spaces, under porches or other inaccessible areas. You may need to treat more than once, depending on how bad the level of infestation has gotten.


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DSKUNK ShampooIf your pet has been sprayed or if you need to clean some clothing or equipment, use our D-DKUNK SHAMPOO. This product is not a coverup or masking agent. Instead it uses a specific formulation which targets the skunk odor molecules and unlocks them from hair and skin. Once loose, they can be rinsed away. This is key to removing the smell. Masking agents won’t work for stubborn skunk odors so don’t waste your time with any other product.

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Skunk are very much a problem throughout the United States. Their feeding habits can wreak havoc in yards, gardens or garbage. Treat turf with Delta Guard Granules and Cyfluthrin to reduce insect food supplies which will force the skunk to look elsewhere for food. Apply Repellent where they are active to keep them from nesting under porches and other areas where there are spaces available. Use Ropel Liquid on plants or garbage to stop them from chewing and eating. Add the Skunk Guard to get maximum protection from being sprayed. Once local skunk are removed, use NC7 to eliminate odors left behind and Pet Shampoo to eliminate the odor on pets which have been sprayed.


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Comments on SKUNK CONTROL Leave a Comment

February 28, 2012

Colleen @ 6:49 am #


Is the skunk home just burrows or is it a nest that needs to be removed once the skunks have moved out? Does the nest need to be removed if we want no traces of skunk odours? Any advice appreciated.

September 7, 2012

Janel @ 12:18 am #


My dog was sprayed directly in the face. Is this product safe to use on her nose, around her eyes, ears and top of her head? Do skunks like tomato plants?

Janel @ 12:22 am #


Also, I believe the skunk was living underneath my kennels. We have flipped them over, blocked all holes in the fence, will the skunk find another way in my yard?

September 16, 2012

ED @ 6:58 pm #


If a skunk is caught in a body grip trap or is killed by other means and is dead, will it still discharge it’s liquid odor because its muscles are relaxed??? I seem to be infested with them and need guidance or nose plugs. Thanks Ed.

December 27, 2012

Inez Strange @ 11:03 pm #


We have a skunk under the house who sprays every 4 hours or so. We have put out traps to no avail. The smell is overwhelming and I am afraid we will have to leave the house. Have had exterminators out to take care of it but they say there is nothing they can do. What suggestions do you have?????

December 28, 2012
July 8, 2013

Marilyn Fleck @ 12:02 pm #


I would appreciate your help. My husband and I live in a large home in the suburbs near Chicago. Looking out our kitchen window we see our driveway and past that our neighbor’s front porch and entrance, which they never use. Just outside of their porch is a hole which is the home of two young skunks and either the mother, or father, maybe both.

What is the best way to get rid of them? In reality, this is not actually on our property, but since these neighbors never use this entrance or this side of their house it seems to be “our” problem. I would at least like to pass on some suggestions to our neighbors as to how to rid our homes of these rather large creatures before them establish a community.

The gentleman of the house poured some cement down the hole to close it and another hole was dug almost immediately about a foot from the original one. Also the lady of the house put down some deterrent in the hole and this, too, did not seem to bother them. Do you think that a large rag soaked in ammonia and put down the hole would help, or not? I would appreciate any suggestions that you could offer.
Thank you!

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