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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 about Skunk Control in my educational articles. My years of experience means I can offer advice on a variety of topics, including how to get skunks out of a window well, or out from under a shed or porch, how to keep them out of your garden or garbage cans, and even how to find and remove a dead skunk.

Learn how to identify skunk tracks, learn about their mating habits, if they fight each other, where skunks live, and why they spray. In fact, I can let you know if skunks warn before spraying and how to protect yourself from a spraying skunk. Find out whether or not skunks can swim, and how to identify symptoms of a sick skunk. I have advice on how to kill skunks on your property, and how to identify if you have a skunk under your shed or porch. Learn what wildlife rehabilitators do with skunks, and what equipment is needed to trap a skunk.

Find out if skunks shed their fur or run out of spray, and if a sunk under a shed or porch have a nest of babies. Read more about whether skunks are dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets, or if a pest control company will remove a skunk. Learn if skunks come out during the day, and what you should do if you find an orphaned baby skunk wandering about. Reada bout the first steps you should take if a skunk got inside your house, and my opinion on whether you should hire a pro, or remove skunks yourself. I can share some wisdom as to whether or not a high pitch sound deterrent machine will work against skunks, and if they make good pets. Read more about how you can use one-way exclusion funnels to remove skunks without ever having to trap them.

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