Why do skunks hang around your house?

Skunks can be attracted to a yard or a house by certain items that might be in the yard or near the house. As stated before, bird seed and sunflower seeds are two main attractors of skunks. Pet food, garbage, grills and lumber can also attract skunks, as can openings under houses, decks or sheds.

What attracts skunks to your yard?

Skunks are opportunists at heart — they're mainly attracted to low-hanging fruit like garbage and pet food left out at night, as well as convenient denning sites, such as wood and rock piles, elevated sheds, and openings under concrete slabs and porches and crawl spaces.

Is it good to have skunks around your house?

Skunks do not pose a threat to your home or your lawn. In fact, they actually snack on critters that do. If you can manage the skunk population to keep numbers down, and if the creatures are healthy, a skunk or two in your area can benefit your lawn by keeping property-destroying animal populations at bay.

Should I be worried about skunks in my yard?

You may not be aware of this, but those stinky skunks pose no threat to your home, and they munch on other creatures that are. If you have a healthy skunk living near your property, or passing by on your lawn, it will reduce the number of rodents chewing on the wood of your home.

How do you get a skunk to leave?

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.

How To Keep Skunks Away For Good!

What will scare skunks away?

Citrus, ammonia, mothballs and predator urine (dog, coyote, etc) are three smells that can scare off skunks. If you use mothballs or ammonia-soaked cotton balls, be sure to keep them far away from children.

What time of night do skunks come out?

Skunks are usually nocturnal, coming out well after dark, and heading back to their den around dawn.

What smell do skunks hate?

Use ammonia-soaked rags or mothballs (napthalene) in skunk hangouts. The harsh smell of ammonia and/or mothballs has been known to scare away skunks.

Where do skunks go during the day?

Skunks are nocturnal, usually active from early evening through the night. They typically spend their days sleeping in dens, although they may bed in vegetation during the warm months. Dens are usually below ground but may be found in streams or pond banks, lumber piles, or beneath porches or crawl spaces.

How do you tell if a skunk is living in your yard?

Signs that Skunks May Be Living Under Your Shed
  1. Faint Bad Odors. This is the most obvious sign. ...
  2. Holes and Shallow Burrows in the Yard. Unlike other animals like dogs, skunks are known to dig perfectly circular and shallow holes in the ground. ...
  3. Footprints. ...
  4. Sods that Have Been Rolled Back.

How do you keep skunks away from you at night?

Skunks like to wander at night so going for walks around your property after dark can lead to being sprayed. If you see a skunk while out walking during the nighttime hours, change direction and avoid walking in the path of the creature. It's not uncommon to see skunks out during the day during spring and summer.

Do skunks take the same path every night?

Even at night, they'll take the most concealed, sheltered path possible on their way to and from food. They also tend to take the same routes repeatedly, because they have bad eyesight.

Can skunks bite you?

If a person approaches them quickly or ignores the warnings, they may bite and/or spray. Do not attempt to pet or feed a skunk. Skunks that are fed lose their fear of humans and are more likely to approach humans, resulting in bites. Rabies is normally transmitted by the bite of a wild or domestic rabid mammal.

What is skunks favorite food?

Skunks prefer meat, but will also eat plants and vegetation. Insects, small animals, birds, eggs, poultry, worms, berries, grubs, and grasshoppers are also common food sources. Skunks are attracted to honey and also foods with a strong odor.

How long do skunks stay in one place?

From late summer through early spring, skunks will rarely stay at the same den site for more than a few days, so you can simply wait until they move on before sealing off access to the den site. From early spring through summer, females with young may stay at a den site longer.

Are skunks friendly?

A skunk is one of the most peace-loving, non-aggressive animals you could ever meet. Skunks are also extremely nearsighted. They will only “shoot” their defensive spray when frightened, and they give you plenty of time to back off by stamping their front feet as a warning.

Are skunks scared of humans?

Skunks are generally afraid of humans and other animals, and when scared they will “spray” in self-defense. They are omnivores and usually go foraging for food at night, although it's not uncommon to see them during the day in our area.

What eats skunks?

Coyotes, foxes, dogs, bobcats, mountain lions, badgers and big owls can all eat skunks but rarely do. Gehrt's research shows that less than 5 percent of skunk mortality is caused by predators.

What does skunk poop look like?

Skunk droppings look similar to those of a cat and are typically found in lawns and gardens. The waste is tubular, has blunt ends, and usually measures about a quarter to half an inch in diameter and one to two inches long. Skunk poop generally contains bits of undigested insects, berry seeds, fur, or feathers.

What food is poisonous to skunks?

Toxic foods are poisonous to skunks and should be completely avoided.
  • Onions.
  • Chocolate.
  • Asparagus.
  • Cat food.
  • Avocado skin and seeds.
  • Grapes.

Will Irish Spring soap keep skunks away?

You can also try using cut up Irish Spring soap, Peppermint Oil extract and/or Castor Oil. In addition, if you have a mechanic's drop light, you can put it as far into the opening as possible.

Does vinegar keep skunks away?

Skunks have a sensitive nose, soak some old rags in either ammonia or apple cider vinegar and place the rags in a plastic bag. After doing so, poke holes in the bag to let the smell escape and hang it somewhere near the den entrance, preferably right next to it.

What month are skunks most active?

At Accurate Pest Control, we believe that skunks are most active from February into early March. However, a warm day can get them moving in search of a mate. Wildlife animal control in San Antonio experts considers skunks' prime mating period is during these months.

What to do if you see a skunk?

Back away from the skunk very slowly and steadily. Don't turn your back, make sudden movements, raise your arms, or run. Instead, try to put about 10 feet between yourself and the skunk so you're out of range of its spray. But don't rush.

What month do skunks come out?

February through March is skunk breeding season. You can smell skunk spray up to 1.5 miles away. So even if you smell them, that doesn't mean they are right there.