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Keeping Skunks Out of the Yard

Updated on April 13, 2012

The Problem

The problem is simple. I had a family of skunks that seemed to be intimidating. In the early hours before dawn is when they were the most seen. First the younger skunk would appear and then the mother skunk who was always near would then appear. If an attempt to scare them away was made the mother skunk would lunge forward and make a couple of hops on her front feet before starting to turn around. This was a good time to evacuate to safety and find a way to keep the skunks out of the yard for good.

Skunk Solutions

There are many different ways that people get rid of a skunk problem. Some will even go as far as shooting them. I really don't see what this will accomplish because as soon as you shoot a skunk, it sprays anyway and it still has to be disposed of.

The most common way is to call animal control and have them come out and take a look. Generally they will set what is called a "live skunk trap" which is made especially for trapping skunks alive and releasing them elsewhere. The purpose of the skunk trap is when the skunk is captured in the skunk trap, the tail cannot rise and if the skunks tail can't go up, it cannot spray. Even though skunks can be quite vicious, they can be carried out and not stink. Releasing them is simple just lift the cage door via a long enough string. (unless you can run fast). Most times they just walk out of the cage after a few seconds when the realize that they are no longer trapped and waddle away with no troubles.

Live skunk traps can be bought also and kept to use over again if someone would rather tackle the skunk problem themselves.

Keeping Skunks Out of the Yard (My Solution to my Skunk Problem)

Keeping skunks out of the yard and my Solution to my particular "Skunk Problem" was an easy fix and seems to still be working and is still keeping the skunks out of my yard. I don't see them anymore where I used to see them every day.

I did research on skunk habits and found the foods that skunks favour and come up with this solution. Skunks like grubs and small worms and things of that nature. They like to root around an dig in the loose soil because it's a great way for a skunk to search for food sources. This is probably why plant seedlings that are placed outdoors early in the spring get disturbed. In most cases a skunk will come around looking for food and root through the freshly loosened soil. It's an easy dig for them.

What I did was then to look for a way to keep the grubs and worms and other food sources that a skunk may like that lives in my lawn and flower beds in an attempt to keep the skunks away. The answer would have to be natural and safe for the environment and would have to be chemical free.

It was my Morning Coffee that Solved the Skunk Problem

It was my morning coffee that solved the skunk problem. What I found out was that if the grubs didn't come up to the top so much the skunks wouldn't smell a plentiful bounty. The skunks would rather seek out greener pastures where the food source is more abundant. The coffee grounds from my morning coffee have been spread out around my lawn and areas of my fence where i see the skunks coming from. The insects don't seem to like coffee and it is forcing them to pop up elsewhere or not come up so close to the surface. Seems like the skunks don't have an intrest in my yard anymore. I sure hope it lasts.



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      Phil Dapple 5 years ago from Ontario,Canada

      Hi Laura in Denver. Yup, it's still working. I haven't seen any skunks around since I started. Come to think of it, I haven't seen any ants either. They were a problem in the same area. hmm... Thanks for your comment.

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      Laura Deibel 5 years ago from Aurora

      Cool idea, coffee! I only had one skunk in my yard, but that was an adverture I am publishing today.

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      Phil Dapple 5 years ago from Ontario,Canada

      Thanks cloverleaffarm. Yea, those skunks can be alot of fun. lol. It's not their fault I guess. I can't say I'm a fan of the smell especially when it gets on me. (dogs) Have a great day.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. I had to laugh when reading this, as last year, we had a skunk that was living in with our chickens.

      I went into the barn to collect the eggs, and there amongst the squawking chickens was a skunk! I ran out quickly, without being seen, and wondered how I was going to get it out. Luckily, it left on it's own, but the barn did stink for a bit.

      Voted up and useful.