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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.
SKUNK BIOLOGY ^
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).
WHAT DO SKUNKS EAT?
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.
WHERE DO SKUNKS LIKE TO LIVE? ^
Once they find good food on your property, skunk like to take up residence and “move in”. It is common to have them move under trailers, mobile homes, sheds, porches, slabs or piles of wood. They’re also fond of moving into crawl spaces, sheds and pretty much any kind of structure man might build.
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.
BEST SKUNK REPELLENT FOR THE YARD ^
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. All of these animals (and others too) love grubs. In fact they love grubs so much, they’ll go to great extent to dig them up. So if you a skunk digging up your yard, one of the best ways to get it to move on is to treat the grub problem. Using the products we have listed in our GRUB CONTROL article, you will kill them in a few days. This in turn will cause the skunk to move on as they will only target yards with live active grubs.
Taking away the grubs will help but once any animal knows they can find food in a yard, they tend to return. And though skunks might only be foraging at night, they still smell and can cause a property to stink. So if you have a skunk foraging around your property and want to keep him away, the use of a repellent can help. We have not found a granular or liquid spray that actually works well on skunk so we do not recommend any. But we do have two mechanical devices which work great.
Trapping is also a good option. Live traps are an easy way to catch skunk and we even have a few kill traps.
WATER SPRAYING REPELLER
If you have observed skunks coming around the yard from time to time, there might not be anything in particular they want.But their smell can 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 (where they’re coming from and where they head), install MOTION ACTIVATED WATER SPRAYERS along their 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 water for 3 seconds. This will both frighten and spook the skunk causing him to leave. In most cases, one encounter is all it takes for the skunk to move on and never return.
This device can protect up to 2,000 sq/ft and you can hook them up in series off one garden hose. You can also limit the “spray” range. In general, hitting the animal is not too important. The sound of the unit is generally enough to spook them for good.
SKUNK REPELLING SOUND DEVICE ^
If you are not quite sure where the skunks are coming from or moving to, you’ll need a repeller that will cover a large area. Our SOUND REPELLER is ideally suited for the job.
This device sends out ultra sound by default when activated. You can run the machine continously so the sound will be heard from 100 feet away or more. This alone will usually keep skunks away.
It can also be powered by 4 “C” cell batteries. Using it this way will limit the activation to “motion detector” so it will only go off when skunks get within 35 feet.
This unit can also be set to only go off at night or day so you have full control of when its most needed.
Other features include a flashing light as well as an audible sound. It also comes with a remote control on/off wireless key. This way you can turn it off for a short while if you want to walk the pet or take a walk in the protected zone.
When used via the motion detector, having the audible sound go off makes the unit more powerful so set it high as possible. It can go up to 100 DB but 20-40 is plenty loud to keep skunks away.
Skunks aren’t afraid of many things. But they don’t like the sound this device releases so this is an effective deterrent. Each machine can cover up to 5,000 sq/ft so it has a big range.
For easy installation, MOUNTING BLOCKS are handy. They can accept 1 or 2 repellers (picture to the right) and have a 1/2″ hole on their bottom so they will easily fit over a 1/2″ piece of rebar or any other wood or plastic stake. Ultra Sound Repellers will work fine by themselves as long as you have a good place to set them up. But we highly recommend getting the Units with Mounting Blocks in the kits we offer. Mounting Blocks allow you to place units anywhere and they will save time too.
We also feature several accessories for our sound repeller including POWER CORD EXTENDERS (33 FEET AND 66 FEET), CIGARETTE LIGHTER POWER ADAPTER, ALLIGATOR CLIP POWER CORD and AC POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENTS.
TRAP OUT PERSISTENT SKUNK FOR A PERMANENT FIX ^
If you have a persistent skunk, your best control may be to trap it out. This can be done with live cages, leghold or kill traps. Skunk can be caught in any of these devices as they’re not too wary since they don’t have many natural predators. And they’re bold so they do fall victim to most any set. This means you don’t have to be a professional to get results.
BEST LIVE TRAP FOR SKUNK ^
Active skunks in the yard are easy to trap. You just have to decide if you want to live catch them or use a kill trap.
Live traps may seem more humane but remember, you will have to deal with an angry skunk in a cage which can be “messy”. To help manage this process, we have a SOLID PLASTIC SKUNK TRAP. Made with super tough durable plastic, this trap will keep the animal secure and safe so its less likely to release scent.