Whether you have ever met a skunk face-to-face or not, you probably know the unmistakable smell they give off. Skunks are famous for their malodorous spray that be smelled as far as a mile away. Their spray can shoot at distances of 10-12 feet. Being sprayed can be the worst, but having a skunk that has made your home theirs, can be an even bigger problem. Read on to find out how to solve your spring skunk problem.
Skunks are often misunderstood or, at least mischaracterized, as evil critters who randomly spray anyone in their path. This is not true. Usually these black and white striped fur balls spray after giving several warnings (stomping feet) and then, only spray in cases where they feel threatened. It is a defense mechanism that helps keep predators away or at least is a reminder to give skunks a wide berth.
If a skunk, or family of skunks, has made a home somewhere within your property line, you may smell the natural comings and goings of these critters after a night of scavenging. There are several steps you can take before involving a professional exterminator that will help keep skunks away from your property.
- The Farmers Almanac suggests that the best skunk repellent is a light. Skunks are nocturnal and their eyes are very light sensitive. A bright light or a motion sensor flood light will scare skunks away.
- In addition to installing motion detecting light sensors outside your home, try keeping trash barrels covered and locked when possible. This will keep the smells emanating from your trash, and you won’t be tempting skunks to enter your property.
- Since skunks love to eat grubs, take preventative measures to ensure that your lawn does not have grubs. Treatments by a lawn care company can help keep grubs at bay.
- Seal up areas that a skunk may be able to use as a hiding spot such as: under decks, stairs, sheds or hidden areas of your yard.
Skunks don’t have to be a problem this spring. If skunks persist and keep coming back to your yard, consider calling a pest exterminator such as Pest-End exterminators. Call us at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.