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What causes skunks to come around?

What causes skunks to come around?

Skunks can be attracted to a yard or a house by certain items that might be in the yard or near the house. As stated before, bird seed and sunflower seeds are two main attractors of skunks. Pet food, garbage, grills and lumber can also attract skunks, as can openings under houses, decks or sheds.

How do you stop skunks from coming around?

Citrus, ammonia, mothballs and predator urine (dog, coyote, etc) are three smells that can scare off skunks. If you use mothballs or ammonia-soaked cotton balls, be sure to keep them far away from children.

How do you keep skunks out of your yard?

A bright light or a motion sensor flood light will scare skunks away. Most animals, including skunks, dislike the smell of citrus fruits. Place orange or lemon peels around the yard as a natural skunk repellent. Predator urine (dogs, coyotes) can be used to repel a skunk.

What size hole can a skunk get through?

Since skunks are burrowing animals, they will make homes underneath houses, sheds, decks, and other above-ground structures. Seal them off as well as possible – skunks can fit through holes as small as four inches. Three-foot high wire mesh, like chicken wire, works well; bury it at least one foot deep.

Why are there skunks under my house steps?

Skunks under the house or a shed, deck, or porch. If there are skunks under your shed or home, you need to first look at your property and decide just what lured the animals to that location. Most skunks come to a home because there is more food in the yard than there is in the forest.

Where do skunks live and what do they eat?

Skunks are omnivores that can live off of human waste, so they often take up residence in yards and under decks. Learn how to make your property less enticing to skunks who need a home and get rid of skunks that have already moved in.

What’s the best way to get rid of skunks?

The goal with proper skunk control is to not allow skunks to think your home is their territory. Here are some tips. Put wire fencing around your deck, porch, patio, or shed, to keep skunks from getting under there and making a home. Don’t vent your laundry dryer exhaust in the crawl spaces under your home, deck, or porch.

Why are there so many skunks in my yard?

Most skunks come to a home because there is more food in the yard than there is in the forest. Skunks like all the insects that live in tall, lush grass, and they’ll raid vegetable gardens, garbage cans, and compost piles. If you have an abundance of edible products handing out in your yard, it’s time to pick up and reorganize.

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