What's your method for keep skunks away?

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  1. Red Wing

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    Buddy at work has a huge skunk in his yard. Small suburban yard. Pest control want 400 to leave traps for 4 days and no guarantee, money owed regardless.

    Hes looking for something he can do to work on keeping it away himself. I've seen citrus peels and onion jalapeno cayanne pepper tinctures as possible effective methods.

    I figured I'd ask the pros though
     
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    Small suburban yard....
     
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    Removing food attractions and sealing up hiding holes would be my first approach. The skunk has a reason it likes your friends place. Wish him good luck.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Coyote urine
     
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    Lots of noise.
     
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    Grub killer. Keep the dogs off it for 48 hours.
     
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    Trap the skunk according to your state laws. Not difficult to do but have a plan to eusthanize it on site. You may have some odor related to that but if you are saving $400 + , perhaps it’s worth a little stink. There are no effective repellents despite the fact that there are plenty of folks who will sell them to you. Killing the grubs has merit if that is the only food source. Could also be eating worms and insects.
     
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    Thats why you use 22LR and not 5.56 lol
     
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    Live trap and relocate many miles away, or drown in a trash can full of water should work.
     
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    good sized skunk hating dog, and a gallon of tomato juice in which to bathe the dog ...
     
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    If you are considering trapping and moving it, be aware that doing that is illegal in many places, as well it should be.
     
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    When I have moved a skunk I caught it in a HavAHeart trap, threw a towel or something over the trap and put it in the back the truck to relocate. I used to live near a river so I would turn them loose on the other side. They don't spray if you cover the trap.

    I think those laws are nonsense. Most people just drop them off a few miles away so spreading disease isn't a factor. Otherwise they claim it is for the benefit of the animal when the only other option they offer is to kill it. Really?
     
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    I'm in the country so we just shoot 'em in the head with 12 ga full choke. Where he's at, a 22 pellet rifle , or bow but guaranteed to spray. They like to occupy old woodchuck holes. Buy a large haveaheart trap I guess or carefully poison them, but it'd have to be where a dog couldn't get too. No way I'd pay $400 , what a rip off artist.
     
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    ^This. Remove the things attracting him, make it hostile, and he will move on.

    JohnP
     
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    The potential to spread disease is real. It’s not a matter of distance but the potential for contact with other wildlife or humans. Not to mention animals are quite often released onto property that the releaser does not have permission to be on or to release animals on. Nor does the releaser have any way of insuring that the released animal stays on the chosen property. That’s why it’s often illegal and at a minimum, extremely irresponsible. How would you feel if a pet or family member were exposed to a rabid animal that was released near your home by someone else “solving a problem “?

    For a regulatory agency to allow translocation of wildlife, especially common rabies vectors simply to save the individual lives of an insignificant number of animals is irresponsible and unprofessional.

    Individuals who move animals around are often thinking that they are doing what is best for wildlife but the fact is they are doing it to save that one animals life while risking the lives of many more. And saying “it didn’t look sick”, doesn’t mean much of anything when it comes to the presence of a disease and it’s potential for transmission.
     
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    22 CB Cap in a single shot. Doubt the neighbors will even notice. Go for a heart shot to avoid odor release. joe
     
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    Years ago in my previous house I had a family of skunks that moved in under the back porch so I used Mothballs and a slingshot (still have the slingshot). Sent it as far as you can get into where they are living.

    My neighbors paid for pest removal a week later when the skunks moved-in under his house after I got rid of them first. I never mentioned it to him. :16:
     
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    I can't resist, hang a hammock in the back yard. Eat beans and out stink em. joe
     
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    That works well for anything but a skunk because they release their perfume when they die then you have a stinking carcass to deal with. The neighbors will notice... lol
     
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    I've shot 2 trapped skunks through the brain pan, and one stunk, and the other didn't.

    Also, a skunk sat on a stump, the skunk said the stump stunk, and the stump said the skunk stunk.
     
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    If he doesn't want to use a .22 a bow would get the job done, quiet and effective :dblthumb:
     
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    Sadly I've never been that fortunate (for one to not release). Personally I leave them alone as long as they aren't doing any harm. I think one of my cats was friends with a skunk. It was late one night and I opened the door to let him in and there was a skunk standing right in front of the doorway. The cat walked around the skunk and came inside like it was nothing. I was just dumbfounded.
     
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    Make his place less attractive than a neighbors. Chances are he's holding up nearby. I posted about a friendly skunk in my place. I've decided to leave him alone. I had one when I lived in the burbs. I tried trapping but that was a failed mission. I ended up placing lots of various bright lights around the exterior of the house, those 500 watt job site lamps. It stopped coming around after about a week. You can set up ground level strings with cans attached so they make noise when he hits the string. They don't like noise or light. You can also start to throw your food scraps on that crazy Mr. Johnson's yard on the next block over.

    dave
     
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    Funny :) Drive by once an evening and throw a large handful of dog kibble on his lawn. It would be like a petting zoo out there every night lol.
     
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    Appreciate all the good responses. I'm going to pass some on to him.

    I've heard coyote urine works ok. Didn't know there was grub killer but he had a raccoon tearing up his yard for them last year. I'll definitely let him know about that.

    Thanks again fellas.
     
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    I had the skunks tearing up the one side of my yard something terrible until I put the grub killer down. Now they just pass on through, maybe one every month or so. And that was two years ago.
    Never could spot them at night.
     
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    Lmao I would KILL to see this man try to shoot a bow. Would work the rest of the year for free lol!!
     
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    I had a problem with ground squares stealing eggs right out of the cage and through the fence and nothing I did seemed to work ,
    'finally I made some rotten eggs and put them down for them to haul away and that is the last of them i've seen .
    When the "food" is foul there is no reason to return . I suppose that when you open something like that in your den momma get's really up set.
     

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