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How to Get rid of a Skunk under Your House

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


If you suspect you have a skunk moved in under your house, the best strategy for removing them is to contact professionals. Skunks are not only a potential ongoing or recurring nuisance, they are governed by special laws. Dealing with skunks ineffectively can be ineffective, get you sprayed, get you or others bitten, or even lead to legal trouble.

However, if you want to get rid of them yourself, here are a few tips to try. First, make an attractive place unattractive, by changing what it was that drew them to the space under your house in the first place. Install lights and a radio or other noisemaker. Get rid of food sources.

If this doesn’t work, you can move on to repellants. Some people report that commercial dog and cat repellants work. Others recommend a pepper solution, created by boiling onions, jalapeños, and cayenne pepper in a pot, boiling for 30 minutes, then straining. You can spray this repellant around the burrow, but don’t spray it too deep into the burrow, or you may get a response. Ammonia soaked rags are also commonly used.

If this isn’t working and you want to try to trap the skunk, the best baits are smelly foods like tuna or other canned fish or canned cat food. However, in Colorado, it’s important to remember that it’s illegal to relocate a skunk. You need to be properly licensed to handle skunks in order to be able to handle them.

Once skunks are out, it’s important that the house is improved to keep them out. Skunks are able to squeeze into small places and are excellent diggers, so it’s important to make sure your repairs are adequate. A professional can recommend the right repairs for your home.

If you have a skunk problem and you want help getting rid of it for good, please contact Animal and Pest Control Services today for an appointment.

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