Cartoons often trick us when they present skunks as lovable creatures, but they aren’t so lovable in reality. Actually, they are a real nuisance when they come visit you unexpectedly and leaving that lingering odor behind. The worst thing is that skunks, besides being stinky, carry several diseases dangerous for pets and humans. Rabies is one of them! And when these stinky pests feel threatened, either they release the awful smell or bite.
As a matter of fact, a skunk came visiting my yard two weeks ago and my dog was terrified! It didn’t want to leave the barn, and when I stepped in, I saw Charlie hiding in a corner while the skunk was visiting the barn. So, I had to do something to get Charlie out of the barn and get rid of the skunk. The mission failed and both the dog and I got covered up with skunk stink. Three intense days of bath with all sorts of washing products couldn’t get me rid of the stink. Eventually, I managed to remove the stink with tomato juice and vinegar.
Solutions to get rid skunks in your garden
- Spray a mixture of castor oil and dish-washing detergent diluted in water. Skunks find the smell offensive. Spray the area at night when the skunk is lurking for food.
- Probably the best skunk repellent is light. Skunks are nocturnal and their eyes are very light sensitive. A bright light or a motion sensor flood light will scare skunks away.
- Most animals, including skunks, dislike the smell of citrus fruits. Place orange or lemon peels around the yard as a natural skunk repellent.
- Predator urine (dogs, coyotes) can be used to repel a skunk. Use coyote urine instead of dog. Dog urine didn’t work for me.
- However, I founded success by placing ammonia-soaked rags around the yard, however, these need to be replaced often.
If nothing works, you can call for professional help and transport skunks elsewhere. there are humane ways for professionals to trap raccoons and skunks and transport them elsewhere.