The two main reasons for a skunk to enter into your yard is to search for food and shelter. In an effort to deter skunks from causing the damage they are so widely known for, the first course of action should be to remove any food that would attract them.
- Bird Feeders
- Pet Food
- Compost Piles
- Fruits and Vegetables in the Garden
Secondly, remove any possible places where a skunk could take up shelter and protect a family. Areas such as holes leading under outbuildings like sheds, porches, crawl spaces, or patios are common places for skunks to create dens.
- Seal any openings by packing dirt in the hole. Wait until after dark to do this to ensure the skunk is not in the hole.
- During the Spring, it is possible there may be litter of baby skunks in the den. Take extra precautions.
- Remove brush piles
- Remove piles of wood
- Remove stacked lumber
Skunk Deterrent: Mothballs Are a Myth
Using mothballs as a skunk repellent is a commonlly used solution that just doesn’t work. Mothballs are made of naphthalene and have a distintively strong and unpleasant smell that may act as a deterrent for a very short period. Overtime, the skunk will simply walk around the mothballs and merely be annoyed by the smell.
Mothballs contain a powerful chemical that is harmful to the environment when used outside of enclosed containers. They are also pesticides, meaning that they will kill insects like ladybugs and butterflies, and other beneficial insects.