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What attracts skunks to my yard?

Always see skunks wandering your yard? Well there’s probably something bringing them there. Make sure you understand what a skunk wants from your yard. It will help in understanding the possibility of an infestation.


Easily accessible food sources
Skunks mainly alternate between eating plants and animals depending on the season. Commonly they eat insects, grubs and earthworms. They can dig huge holes in your lawn searching for food under the surface. Grubs are the main culprit for this destruction. They’re larvae stages of many different kinds of bugs. The C-shaped creatures dine on the roots of grass and plants. An infestation of grubs could be an invitation for skunks.

As an omnivore, skunks also indulge in berries, leaves and nuts. Monitoring different types of plants in your garden can help detect if they’re providing a food source. Maintaining your yard can also prevent skunks for snacking on fallen debris.

In urban and suburban areas skunks might be more inclined to eat garbage or scavenge for dead rodents. They can infiltrate garbage areas trying to find a quick meal. Also, skunks might eat pet food. Controlling these food sources and making them difficult to obtain can prevent skunks from coming into your yard.

Safe places to find shelter
Skunks will build dens under decks, sheds or patios. These are safe places to hide from predators or reproduce. Commonly skunks will burrow to build dens. They will dig up to a foot underground. There may be several animals in one den at a time – especially during the winter. Skunks don’t hibernate. They might hang-out underground for a few weeks, but only during particularly brutal weather. In the spring they will have babies. And by summer leave the den to adjust the family to the wild. Skunks have multiple den sites in one area.

A skunk entry point to a den below a deck.

A skunk entry point to a den below a deck.

Stop attracting skunks by limiting their options of shelter. Fence off any access to under the deck. Keep areas such as wood or scrap piles closed off. Watch for frequent skunk activity in your yard. Make sure to monitor any high traffic areas for evidence of dens.

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If you discover any signs of skunk infestation on your property contact a professional. Separating families can result in the death of babies. Aggravation can end up with you sprayed.

To have skunks safely removed contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. Our proven process removes skunks from their den and is followed by installing a barrier that prevents their re-entry.
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