How Do You Get Skunks Out of Your Yard?


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To rid a yard of a skunk, remove its food sources and shelter, choose a pest control method, and fence in the yard. Skunk control should begin before spring, which is the beginning of the breeding season.

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To being skunk control, remove any hollowed logs, wood piles and junk piles from the yard, especially in spots where skunks may find shelter. Secure poultry houses, sheds and barns. Remove all food sources, such as berries, fruits and fallen seeds, and secure trash cans with a tight lid to prevent future infestation.

To choose the best pest control method, evaluate the damage caused by the skunks. Some damage caused by skunks includes scattered trash and holes in the yard. Some pest control methods include a live skunk trap or skunk repellents. Repellents are good for skunks that feed on fruit and berries. To discourage skunks from passing through the yard, try using electronic repellents.

To prevent future infestation, erect a fence around the yard. The best fence is one that is 4 feet above the ground, as skunks are not natural climbers. Make sure the fence extends 2 feet below the ground to prevent the skunk from burrowing under the fence and into the yard.

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