A natural skunk repellent can be made with a chopped jalapeño pepper, a chopped yellow onion and a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. These ingredients are boiled in 2 gallons of water for about 20 minutes, and the mixture is then strained and sprayed around the den of skunks.
There are a number of ways homeowners can repel skunks from their property. For instance, lids should be kept on all trashcans, and pets should be fed indoors. It is also recommended that wood and compost piles be covered with heavy plastic so that skunks cannot get inside them. Moth balls, oil of mustard and ammonia can also be used to keep skunks away.