- SKUNK BIOLOGY
- SKUNK FOOD
- SKUNK CONTROL BY KILLING THEIR FOOD
- SKUNK CONTROL LAWN TREATMENTS
- SKUNK CONTROL SPRAY
- SKUNK CONTROL REPELLENT
- SKUNK CONTROL LIQUID REPELLENT
- SKUNK CONTROL WATER SPRAYER
- SKUNK CONTROL ULTRASOUND DEVICE
- SKUNK CONTROL LIVE TRAP
- SKUNK CONTROL LIVE TRAP LURE
- SKUNK CONTROL KILL TRAP
- SKUNK CONTROL ODOR CONTROL
- SKUNK CONTROL SHAMPOO
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.
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!)
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. Once they find good food, skunk like to take up residence. It is common to have them move under trailers, mobile homes, crawl spaces, porches, slabs or just about any place which is at ground level and can provide a roof.
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.
SKUNK CONTROL BY KILLING THEIR FOOD
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. If you believe you have one of these other animals active in your yard, refer back to our article archive where you will find articles on how to deal with them. To stop the skunk from digging in your yard for food, you will need to reduce the local insect and grub levels.
SKUNK CONTROL LAWN TREATMENTS
To do this will involve the application of two products. First, spread DELTA GUARD GRANULES over as much of the turf as you can. Use a GRANULE SPREADER for correct distribution or a regular fertilizer spreader. These granules are far superior to dursban granules and will work both faster and longer. In general, they will last 2-3 months per application and will filter through the soil to kill insects as they develop. Delta Guard will also reduce local insects which are active on topsoil as they crawl over treated areas.
If you are treating for prevention and don’t have current activity, use some MERIT GRANULES. This product will not work quickly like the Delta Guard but has the advantage when you want something to last longer. Merit can last for up to a year without needing to be reapplied. Because of this long term residual, they are an excellent material to apply to keep all types of grubs minimized.
SKUNK CONTROL SPRAY
Since both these granules take a while to penetrate and need to be watered, the second product you need to use is a new compound called CYFLUTHRIN. This product has been out for a little while but not long enough for insects to build up any resistance. This assures a quick and complete kill. Apply it with a HOSE END SPRAYER. The Cyfluthrin will provide a quick knockdown of the existing insects; the Delta Guard or Merit will last a few months or longer providing long term control.
SKUNK CONTROL REPELLENT
If you have skunks active around the perimeter of the home or under a porch, deck or other area adjacent to the house, you can first try to repel them using SKUNK REPELLENT. These granules will release an odor that skunk don’t like. Keep in mind that the odor may filter into living areas if you intend on using it in crawl spaces or attics so the best way to apply it is in cheese cloth or nylon pantyhose when using it in confined areas. Place these sacks where the animals are active. By keeping the Repellent in a bag, the odor is able to escape and you are able to remove it if the smell becomes a problem in the living area. This product can also be used as a repellent around the home, property and other areas where skunk are active. Since skunks are creatures of habit, it is not uncommon for one to start foraging along a path which takes them past your window. Such foraging may allow odors to enter the living areas of the home and cause residents to awake from sleep due to the strong smell. Skunk repellent is a good product to use for such situations since you can also broadcast it out over large areas of turf, flower beds or dirt where skunks are thought to be passing. However, if they have a good food supply on your property, you may need to do some of the treatments listed above or employ some of the stronger repellents listed below.
To help let scented granules last longer, you can install GRANULE GUARDS. They will protect the granules from the rain and sun so they will last longer. Each Guard will hold 1/2 lb of granules and can be placed on the ground using the enclosed spike or the spike can be removed so the Guard will lie flat. These really pay dividends if you want your granules to last as long as possible.
SKUNK CONTROL LIQUID REPELLENT
If you have garbage, fruit trees or garden plants which local skunk populations are tearing apart, simply spray whatever it is they want with ROPEL LIQUID. This bitter tasting material won’t stain treated surfaces but will stop skunk from chewing or eating. Keep in mind fruit and vegetables sprayed won’t be good for human consumption but you can spray the stems and leaves of the plant without affecting the fruit or vegetable part. If skunk have targeted a specific fruit, you may try placing some out on the ground and spraying it. When they come around and taste it they won’t like it which will many times keep them away from all the other similar fruit you have. Ropel also works great at keeping them out of garbages and from chewing other desirable plants. Expect treated surfaces to last 2-6 weeks – depending on local rainfall.
SKUNK CONTROL WATER SPRAYER
If you have observed skunks traveling either around or on your property from time to time, there might not be anything in particular they are seeking. However, their smell will still 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, try installing one of our MOTION ACTIVATED WATER SPRAYERS along this 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. The sprinkler will then release a three second blast of water which skunk do not like. The water and the spray will scare them away and after 1 or 2 experiences like this they will stay away.
SKUNK CONTROL ULTRASOUND DEVICE
If you are not quite sure where the skunk is coming from or moving to, consider one of our ULTRA SOUND YARD GARD’S. This technology is relatively new but seems to have practical uses for certain animals. Skunks are one type which don’t like the sound. Generally, animals will retreat from any area when the sound is detected. If they try to enter again they will be confronted with this sound over and over. These devices come in three designs which are sure to offer both coverage and options to fit your need. In fact, we have had people use them to chase off skunks which had created dens under decks and buildings. The units were installed adjacent to the nest location and skunks apparently don’t like it much because in all applications they moved out within a day of hearing the annoying sound.
SKUNK CONTROL LIVE TRAP
If the above treatments fail and the skunk you have are too persistent, you may have no other option but to trap them out. We have two live traps which work well for this task. Both have a cover that will keep you from being scented. The LT 11x12x30 W/COVER will be large enough for most any skunk. The cover engulfs the entire length of the trap and leaves only the front door open. This will still allow for the skunk to enter and yet not interfere with the trap mechanism. If you have a really large skunk or have some other need for a longer cage, get the LT 11x12x36 W/COVER trap. It uses the same cover so the front section of the trap will be exposed. However, if you keep this side of the trap pointed away from you during animal transport, it won’t be able to scent you. To get the skunk in the trap, use our special bait called TRAPPERS CHOICE SALMON PASTE. This strong smelling lure is sure to get any local skunk curious since it can be detected from several hundred yards. But only use this if you are not sure what nuisance animals are feeding on.
SKUNK CONTROL LIVE TRAP LURE
If you have them digging in the yard and suspect they are looking for grubs, then use our GRUB BAIT. Once trapped, call your local animal control office to have the animal removed. You may be able to destroy it yourself or relocate it. Keep in mind skunk can carry rabies so don’t handle it. If it is relocated, be sure to take it at least 15 miles away to insure it won’t return.
SKUNK CONTROL KILL TRAP
If you prefer to use a kill trap, the Bodygrip Trap is the way to go. For skunk, go with a BG 220, BG 280 or BG 330. This trap has been used for years on beaver, raccoon and other nuisance animals. It will work on skunk as well. Sets can be made over dens or along trails or paths they are using. Bodygrip traps are basically two pieces of steel which with strong springs. When compressed, the springs store a lot of energy which is kept under control by the dawg or holding mechanism. The trap is then placed over a den hole, a hole in a fence or an entrance under a deck or crawl space. When matched right, the trap will encircle most of the hole and any skunk will try to pass as normal. The trigger of the trap will then release the set allowing the energy of the springs to open.
So strong are the springs that the frame of the trap will crush the target animal to death in a matter of moments. It is strongly suggested that you use BODYGRIP SETTERS when using these traps since they will enable you to compress the springs with a lot of leverage. BODYGRIP TRAP STANDS can also be a big help. They will allow for trap sets at both ground level or hole entrances. When you want to make a set at ground level, use the stand with the rebar anchor. Sets you want to make at holes which are through wood will be much easier using the trap stand with the wood screw mount.
Don’t worry about the smell of skunk getting on the traps; this actually works to your advantage. Traps which have skunk scent on them tend to be ignored and since the smell is so strong, it makes the trap stealthy. Kill traps are sometimes preferred because there is no concern about what to do with the animal once trapped; a dead skunk is a lot easier to deal with then one which is alive and ready to spray!
SKUNK CONTROL ODOR CONTROL
Once the animal has been removed, there may be some smells which linger. Skunk smell is persistent; one generally knows a skunk was around months after it is gone. To reduce these odors, use N-7C. This concentrate is easy to use and works well at removing skunk smell. Spray it over areas where the smell is detected. Use one of our PUMP SPRAYERS to apply it. For hard to reach places, you may want to use an electric space sprayer like our BG FOGGER. This device will spray N-7C up to 75 feet and is great for hard to reach crawl spaces, under porches or other inaccessible areas. You may need to treat more than once, depending on how bad the level of infestation has gotten.
SKUNK CONTROL SHAMPOO
If your pet has been sprayed or if you need to clean some clothing or equipment, use our D-DKUNK SHAMPOO. This product is not a coverup or masking agent. Instead it uses a specific formulation which targets the skunk odor molecules and unlocks them from hair and skin. Once loose, they can be rinsed away. This is key to removing the smell. Masking agents won’t work for stubborn skunk odors so don’t waste your time with any other product.
Skunk are very much a problem throughout the United States. Their feeding habits can wreak havoc in yards, gardens or garbage. Treat turf with Delta Guard Granules and Cyfluthrin to reduce insect food supplies which will force the skunk to look elsewhere for food. Apply Repellent where they are active to keep them from nesting under porches and other areas where there are spaces available. Use Ropel Liquid on plants or garbage to stop them from chewing and eating. Add the Skunk Guard to get maximum protection from being sprayed. Once local skunk are removed, use NC7 to eliminate odors left behind and Pet Shampoo to eliminate the odor on pets which have been sprayed.