Skunks are one of the most feared creatures not due to their meanness but their stink. Everyone knows that when you see a skunk, you run the opposite direction! Skunks will spray anyone who they feel is a threat and you could be left smelly for days. In the wild, this is easy. But when a skunk begins to invade your property, you can’t get away. You must make a stand. Skunk removal in Ottawa can be easy if you know what to do. Below are eight ways to remove skunks naturally, so the creature can continue to enjoy life and you avoid being stinky!
Skunks like to eat grubs so if this insect is commonly seen on your property, then skunks may come calling. Take time to treat your yard with a grub control product to cut down on the food source that may bring skunks to your home.
Skunks will easily be deterred by fencing and will move on to other areas if they cannot access your vegetable gardens or landscaping. It is important to fence in any garden areas to avoid such creatures as skunks as well as other pest issues when it comes to eating your plantings. Be sure to place a portion of the fencing underground so that the skunk is not able to dig under the fence to access your garden areas.
Handle Garbage with Care
Skunks are like raccoons and will forage for food, especially when bags of garbage are left unsecure. Be sure that garbage bags are placed in secure cans and never put your garbage at the curb the night before pickup, wait until morning. When skunks can easily access your garbage, they will return time and time again to eat, which puts you and your pets at risk of being of being sprayed.
Clean up Fruit Trees
If you have fruit trees on your property, be sure to rake up dropped fruit. Any fruit on the ground is like a calling card for skunks. The creature will come calling and enjoy the rotted fruit, possibly even taking up residency on your property under your porch or other areas.
Chili peppers a good deterrent for skunks and can be used to naturally send the creatures packing. Chili can be applied on surfaces or areas that you believe the skunks are using for a den space. This form of skunk removal in Ottawa is harmless and will help to keep skunks away. The trouble is is that it must constantly be reapplied and should not be used during the birthing season as it could cause mother skunks to abandon their babies.
Lighting can also do the trick to get skunks to stay away. Add bright lights around your home that are motion activated to make your yard less attractive for skunks.
Sealing Off Hiding Places
Many times, skunks will move into areas that are hidden such as crawlspaces or underneath porches. Once you have noticed the skunk, watch its behaviour. When the skunk leaves the den, use grating or other material to shut off the entry point so the skunk will have to find a new home. Be mindful that there could be more than one skunk in the den site or a litter of babies. If in doubt, call a professional.
Catching Skunks Live
Catching a skunk can be tricky. Traps are created to catch the skunk but you want to avoid being sprayed in the process. It is best to work with professionals such as Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to deal with skunks living around your home. The wildlife experts at Skedaddle can quickly remove skunk from your home and help you learn how to keep skunks from coming back.