Quick Skunk Facts
- Average Life Span: 3 years in the wild
- Size: 7-14 lbs
- Diet: Omnivore
- Females give birth to 1-7 baby pups in April – June
- There are four species of skunk in North America: striped, hooded, spotted and hog-nosed
- Their smelly spray is a sulfur compound that has a range of up to 15 feet
- Skunks are resistant to snake venom, surviving up to 10 times the amount needed to kill an animal of their size
- A skunk’s territory size is typically just under one square mile
Is your nuisance animal a Skunk?
Yes, of course skunks are beneficial – they eat many pest insects that cause damage to your lawn and garden, but skunks can also be a nuisance. They dig holes in your garden and landscape and burrow under your home for shelter… and the smell.
Havahart® Skunk solutions
The best way to get rid of a skunk is with a live animal cage trap. The question is, how do you do that without getting sprayed? Fortunately, the #1084 trap from Havahart® is designed to make it easy. Before you approach your trapped skunk, you may want to cover yourself with a tarp or with trash bags just in case. Also, hide your feet from the skunk by holding a blanket in front of you as you approach. This will keep him from getting startled.
Place the trap in an area that the skunk frequently travels or where you’ve been seeing it, and make sure the trap is sturdy on the ground. If you know where the skunk’s den is, the trap can also be placed near one of the entrances. Keep in mind skunks typically have multiple entrances to their dens, so if you go this route be sure to put barriers up against the other openings (if you know where they are).
These recommended baits should help you trap your problem skunk in no time!
- Chicken entrails
- Fish, canned (sardines)
- Fresh-insect larvae such as may beetles
- Crisp bacon
- Cat food
- Bread crust coated with peanut butter
- Peeled boiled eggs
- Monitor the trap so you can release the skunk as soon as possible after it’s be trapped
- Make sure your trap is set at night; skunks are nocturnal and that is when they will have the most activity
- Place a blanket over the trap during transportation to calm the skunk down, and to help you from getting sprayed
- Remember: skunks will pound their front feet as a warning when agitated; if you hear a “thump-thump” it’s your warning that the skunk may be about to spray
- Relocate the skunk to a wooded area a few miles away to ensure they don’t come back to your property
- Be careful when trapping female skunks in April – June. This is when they will have their pups, and should avoid trapping mother skunks. If you need removal, it would be best to contact a licensed professional
- As always make sure to check with your local state and game commission to see what the laws are in your area for trapping wild animals; many states will not allow you to release wild animals unless you are a licensed professional
If you don’t want to trap a skunk, but want to keep it off your property in the first place, Havahart® Critter Ridder® is a good multi-surface and perimeter protection solution. It contains hot pepper ingredients that will burn a skunk’s sense of taste, smell, and touch when they come into contact. It sends a harmless, yet strong signal that they are to stay off your lawn. It’s also important to keep your property tidy to deter skunks from hanging around. Be sure to remove food sources, place your trash in cans with tight-fitting or locking lids, and remove piles of brush or debris that could be used as a hiding place for skunks.
Motion activated sprinklers are another good skunk control option. Havahart® Spray Away’s use only water and noise to repel, and can be placed anywhere in your yard – a less obtrusive solution to fencing. They work by using infrared sensors to detect the animal’s heat and movement, and spray a quick burst of water when the animal gets near the protected area.