We are fully aware of the odor problems, the lawn damage, the fact that they are walking through your lawn. Scroll down the links below and find information on a variety of skunk problems and how to resolve them. Of course, when push comes to shove, few methods resolve problems like actual population control.Skunk populations fluctuate from year to year. Skunk populations change according to diseases like rabies and distemper, weather and food supply. So be prepared and if you happen to see a skunk one night, take a few moments (from a safe distance) and observe this remarkable creature.
Skunks frequently fall into window wells and become trapped. Don't think that the skunk is living there. He is most likely wishing he could get out. You have a couple of options. First, lay a flat board at least 5 inches wide into the window well. If the angle is low enough, the skunk may be able to climb out. If after a day or so the skunk doesn't leave, then you will have to either set a trap or have a professional physically remove it with tongs.Of course the best action is to prevent this situation from happening in the first place. For information on how to prevent skunks from entrapment in window wells click window wells.
Skunks love to live under sheds and porches. They provide excellent rain and animal protection. Unfortunately, there are very few things that will effectively, 100% of the time, drive skunks out from under your shed or deck. If you would like some ideas on how to evict skunks without trapping click hints on harassment.Fortunately, skunks can be easily stopped before they get to your shed or deck or porch. If you would like to prevent skunks from taking residence or are unfortunate enough to have to prevent future occurrences then you will need to do one of the following.
Skunks feed on a variety of foods. They have been known to eat, bird seed, eggs, crickets, grasshoppers, mice, chickens, carrion and yes grubs. You can tell when a skunk has been grubbing your lawn when you see dime sized holes cut through the sod. It seems the skunk can smell the exact location of the grub, use its sharp claws and dig right to it. I have seen yards where the skunks systematically grubbed it section by section. Since grubbing occurs in July and August, chances are you will see more than one. Females will be teaching their young how to hunt during this time. If you spray your lawn for grubs after the skunks have already discovered them, donít be surprised if the digging continues for up to two weeks. The best course of action is to prevent the grubs in the first place.
There are no magic formulas to stop skunks from grubbing your lawn. But if you are determined to do something here are a few ideas
Here are some ideas that probably won't work:
Q. Will the skunk lawn damage end on its own?
A. Yes. When one or more of the following situations occurs.
Skunks frequently contract rabies and distemper. These are the two most notable diseases that afflict skunks.
How to meet Mr. Skunk and Still Smell Good
The skunks were found to be rabid. They bit a sickly man and a small child.
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