Skunks may look cute but having to actually deal with them can be really stressful and unpleasant. This tends to be especially true if you have a skunk or family of skunks that have been lurking around your yard.
You may feel nervous every time you have to leave your house to go somewhere because you're worried that you might get sprayed. Luckily, there are many different ways that you can encourage the skunks to leave and take themselves and their nasty stench elsewhere.
1. Remove All Food Sources
There is a really good chance that skunks are coming to your house or yard in search of food and water. Therefore, a great way to get rid of them is to remove any and all food sources.
Take a good look around your yard and make sure that there isn't any pet food laying around. If you normally do feed your pets outside, then you will want to make sure to bring their food back inside every night. It is also a good idea to make sure that all of the lids on your trash cans are securely fastened.
2. Shine Bright Lights
Skunks usually have a tendency to be frightened by bright lights. Installing flood lights or motion detector lights tends to work really well at keeping them away from your yard.
Motion detector lights tend to work best since having the lights come on all of a sudden is more likely to startle them and cause them to run away. If you're not able to install new lights at this time, simply turning your porch light on at night can help to keep the skunks away.
3. Seize The Power of Ammonia
The smell of ammonia is quite strong and it typically works quite well at repelling skunks. Adding approximately one cup of ammonia to your garbage cans once a week after your trash is picked up is an excellent way to keep skunks away from your trash. Also, placing rags soaked with ammonia under your deck or anywhere else you suspect they have been lurking is a great way to discourage the skunks from hanging out near your home.
There's no doubt about it that skunks can be a real nuisance. Fortunately though, trying even just one or two of these tips should go a really long ways in helping to keep your home completely free of these pesky little creatures. Consult a professional, like Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management Services, for more information.