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How to keep skunks away from your property

If you live in an area where skunks are known to reside, then you need to do what you can to get them to stay away from your property. These are dangerous animals, and not just because of that horrible spray that they produce. The skunk carries a lot of diseases and parasites, and this can be quite dangerous to you and your family, as well as to your pets. For these reasons you need to find a good way to keep them away.

There are many products and solutions you can find on the Internet that will convince you that they are the solution, but many of those do not work or are not really good options at all. If you are looking for some good ways to help yourself to keep them away, here are a few that should really help.

The first of these is prevention. If there are no good sources of food and no good place to make a home out of then they will not come around. If you have pets, make sure the food dish is inside or is emptied and cleaned after your dog or cat has eaten. If your garbage cans are outside, then make sure that you keep the lids on tight and clean up any spills you may have while taking the garbage out. Your garbage is a tasty treat to a skunk, so make sure that you don’t give them a snack.

If you have a garden, fence it in, and make sure that the fence goes at least 12 inches below the ground. These animals can dig well, and will burrow right under your fence if it is not deep enough.

Also, if you have loose boards around the siding of your home or shed, cracks, or holes, patch these immediately. These areas can be used to gain access into your home, and a skunk will happily make a nest in your walls, shed, porch, or attic.

Once all this is done, look to get a motion sensor. Skunks are nocturnal as far as when they search for food. If a bright light comes on when they enter your property, it will scare them off and you will be safer. Some even use motion sensors that turn on their sprinklers. When the water sprays the skunk it will scare it enough that it will run off and not likely return.

You can also look at getting predator urine. Coyotes and other animals will hunt skunks and so the little critters avoid them. You can place this around your property to keep them away, but be aware that this has a very strong smell. This should not be an option you use for very long, or you may be scaring away your friends and family. Read more: Skunk Control, how to kill skunks.

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