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How To Keep Skunks Away

Updated on October 21, 2014

How To Keep Skunks Away - Tips to Keep Skunks Away

Although there may be a few people who like skunks (there are a few country folk and farmers who like that skunks eat mice), most of us don't. We don't want to see them, we don't want to smell them and we don't want to even think they are nearby. We want to know exactly how to keep them as far away from our property as possible.

The first thing to consider when you want to keep skunks away and off your property is to remove all of it's possible hiding places. Skunks like to hide under porches (this is a favorite), in rock piles, in wood piles, under buildings if they can dig a small opening, in tree trunks and anything that they can fit their little bodies into. They also have been known to get comfy in sheds and garages.

Another way to keep skunks away is to get rid of the things they like to eat. See "What Skunks Eat" below.


Some Extra Help Keeping Skunks Away

Here are just a few things you might want to try to get rid of those foul-smelling skunks.

JT Animal Control Spray-Proof Skunk Trap - 24in.L x 6in.dia., Model# adc6
JT Animal Control Spray-Proof Skunk Trap - 24in.L x 6in.dia., Model# adc6

Keep the smell inside with this skunk trap. You will be safe from the skunk itself (and scratches and bites) and also from the odor. Reviews state that there is a new version of this trap now (yes, this is the new version) so it is said to work great. Check out the reviews for yourself.


What Do Skunks Eat?

Get rid of the skunks' food source.

The trick to keeping skunks away is to make your yard no fun. No place to sleep, no food and a very unwelcoming atmosphere. Make it the most unwelcoming yard in town. Make everyone else's place seem way more appealing. Send that skunk packing!

Take away all of the skunks food sources. What Do Skunks Eat? Here are some ideas:

1. Pick up all dog food. Never leave dog food out overnight.

2. Pick up your dog's water dish.

3. Cover and make compost piles inaccessible.

4. Cover and secure trash.

5. Don't leave the bbq uncovered or scraps nearby.

Start with these and any other obvious food sources and your skunk may leave for greener pastures.

Skunk Odor Removal

Hint: Tomato juice does not remove skunk odor!

All you will end up with is the smell of tomato juice mixed with skunk spray.

OK, so you may be here to figure out How To Keep Skunks Away, but you may want to have some idea of what to do if a skunk sprays your car, your house, your dog, your cat or you!

Well, let's start with what NOT to do:

1. Do not use tomato juice. It only masks the smell for a short while.

2. Do not use regular dog or human shampoo. It is not strong enough and will not work.

3. Do not douse your dog in vinegar right away, what if he has been bitten or scratched?

4. Do not let anyone or anything that has been sprayed by a skunk in the house. Skunk odor will get everywhere!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. After my dogs got sprayed this morning in my back yard, I'm going to have to cover the compost and figure out what else I can do to keep them out of my yard. Saw another tip about using something on your lawn to prevent grubs (that skunks like). Also, I've successfully removed the smell from the dogs with 1 qt of hydrogen peroxide + 1/4 cup of baking soda + 2 t of Dawn dishwashing liquid. It foams, apply to the dog getting it down to the skin & let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse. if it's around the face, I apply it with a cloth, keeping it away from the eyes...

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      gold3 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am sure you are frustrated. It may be time to do a bit of proactive work. Clear brush and hiding spots. Do the skunks live under a patio or porch? This is a common favorite spot. Close up all of those entrances, remove dog food from being fed outside, etc.

      Also, the Shake a Way granules really do seem to help. And it would not hurt to get a motion-activated sprayer that will spray them when they return to their preferred area. Skunks are not going to hang around if you make it really uncomfortable to be in your yard. They will find a new place to hang out. Good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Skunks keep spraying in our yard almost every night, and we can't open our windows at night. We are afraid to let our dogs out at night -- one got sprayed a few months ago in the face, and it was really awful. It took several months till the smell was completely gone from him. Our house constantly has skunk smell in it if we have windows open at night. Why do the skunks keep releasing their scent in our yard? The dogs are not out there threatening them when it happens. Is it true that they keep coming back to where the scent has been released and releasing it in the same spot without being threatened? Help. I don't know what to do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Shawnee OK is overran with Skunks in the City!! Animal Welfare does not assist in catching or removing them either -- I had less of a Skunk problem while living in the Country!! Thanks for the tips!!

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      lilPinkfairy288 5 years ago

      Very nice tips!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i live in the city and have these animals in my yard

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Got skunks. I like the wildlife aspect, but am concerned that I may accidentally threaten them while outside bumbling about in the twilight.

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Lots of great info....Now make a lens on how to unstink smelly teenage sons and I will be all set! :D

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very good information! Thanks for sharing!