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Get rid of skunks 




As a senior editor for Gardening Essentials I typically have the need to do research on problems our visitors ask about. When it comes to the issue of getting rid of skunks however, I didnít need to look any further then my own backyard. Having my yard violated night after night the past couple of months has taught me a lesson in both patience and determination. When a skunk makes you a prisoner in your own yard itís time for war. Sure, you can tell me theyíre cute and harmless, but if youíve seen my yard dug up or smelled my dog after getting sprayed in the face you likely would not say that any longer. The point had come to delve deep into skunk abatement and eradication techniques to see what remedies are a load of B.S. and which actually work. The below is strictly based on my opinion and experience, but the war I fought was a long one with many failed removal attempts and many learnings that came from them.




First, 5 ways NOT to get rid of a skunk (debunking the skunk myths)

1) Bright lights will get skunks to leave
The first lesson I learned in my quest for skunk removal was many remedies found online donít work, lights being one of those. The first night I discovered our skunk it was sitting in the middle of the yard digging for grubs illuminated by a patio light. A separate, and very bright, floodlight on motion sensor was also activated a number of times, only to show me where the skunk dug more holes looking for grubs (with plenty of light for it to see where it hadnít yet destroyed the grass nonetheless).

2) Fox or coyote urine to chase away
The fun thing about spreading animal urine around your yard (how do they collect this anyhow?) is that these products come in plastic bottles and spray in a fine mist like hairspray. Lesson learned here; do not spray when itís windy. Once coverage was applied however, the skunk came back the night of spraying, and again the next. Iím pretty sure the urine smell that got on my skin and the clothes I wore when spraying will keep away everything else from me directly though.

3) Mix spices and spread them around skunk nests
Although in theory this one makes sense, that dried spices like Cayenne pepper or cinnamon would deter skunks from entering s space, in reality this one did not result in a win. I put a mixture of several spices in multiple areas to no avail. I do think the skunk may have enjoyed the extra flavor on his grubs those next few nights however.

4) Using lemon or orange peels
Itís understandable that skunks donít like the citrus scent or taste of these peels, however the amount you would need to keep skunks away from any specific area would be substantial. Even then, they may simply just go around the peels unless you can somehow build a wall out of them (and please send a picture if you can accomplish this!).

5) Hose the critters out
You could stand outside at dusk with a hose at the ready, however this could require a bit of patience. There are actually motion-activated sprinklers on the market, but once again, results are varied. They could be worth a try, but skunks have more brains in those striped little heads than you may think and it may only be a matter of time before they learn to avoid the sprinklers.



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