how do i get rid of a skunk

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by shay20, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Sparky2726

    Sparky2726 In the Brooder

    Feb 19, 2011
    Hiwassee, VA
    Hate to tell you, but if you shoot a skunk, it will spray. Shot placement doesn't matter. Take this from someone that has put down more skunks than most people will see in thier lifetime.

    Use a small cage trap. I use 7"x7"x24" traps from Tractor Supply. Cover the trap when you set it. When you catch it, take the trap, cover and all and dispose of the animal in a way that is legal in your state. In that small a trap, they feel more secure, and dont tend to spray.

  2. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    why shoot it? i am sure it will go on.. and leave.
  3. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    You know i love the look of skunks but darn it it sprayed again ahhh this one is all white very pretty i dont get why it is spraying so much probably becouse i have a couple chickens sleeping out there on our ac lol dont worry it cant reach up there this time hubby opened the back door and yuck it sprayed not him but now it stinks again we would not shoot it or harm it i just want it to move on it has been comeing around since summer but has sprayed so much till these past days
  4. mikki717

    mikki717 My Drug of Choice- Chickens

    Dec 7, 2009
    Hesperia, CA
    I had a family of 5 living under a bush in my back yard. I can't shoot in my neighborhood... way to many homes near by, so I used Piccolo Petes. It was the 4th of July, but it did work wonders!

    After they left, I put out the burning bush with the garden hose and closed the hole in the fence. Problem solved.
  5. luvmychixandducks

    luvmychixandducks Songster

    Jul 15, 2010
    Danvers, Massachusetts
    My neighbor at camp had a similar issue- a skunk was entering his kitchen through the pet door and eating his cats food.
    His solution was to put the Havahart trap right flush against the pet door. I laughed and asked him what he thinks the skunk is going to do when he approaches the trap in his kitchen. He immediately rethought and rather than make him agonize , I suggested he put the havahart inside a large plastic trash bag- all but the opening for the skunk to enter. Once the trap springs the skunk will not see you approaching,and all you need to do is zip tie the bag end completely encasing the trap and transport to water, and after punching a couple of holes in the bag, give the skunk a swimming lesson.
    I saw him a couple of weeks later, and he told me everything went as planned, and the cat no longer used the pet door to kitchen- he got doorman service at front entry ever after. His version of SSS was secure, sink, and shovel. You ought to be able to catch the skunk in the cellar using catfood for bait and duplicate the process above.

    I see you live in Mass. The above did not happen in Mass but in a neighboring state to the north.
    My dad did the above at his home in Mass and incurred the wrath of Animal control for disposing of a healthy animal.
    So if you decide to remove your problem critter, be sure to SSSS secure, sink, shovel and SHUT UP. (swimming lesson at night helps , also.)
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011
  6. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

    Jul 31, 2008
    in the wild, Mass
    Funny stories but i wont be useing the sss method , i am gonna call my animal control and see if she has a trap we can useing . I guess thats the only thing we can do i dont want to hurt it. Oh yea we know now it is not going into the basement its comeing into the back porch and spraying there . We just got back in from checking on the birds and yep the skunk was still out there saw us and ran down near my horse
  7. jhm47

    jhm47 Songster

    Sep 7, 2008
    Head shot = spray. Lung shot = 90% no spray, but don't use a hollow point bullet, and a .22 short is best.
  8. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I have used Limburger cheese and 220 body grip traps with much success they hardly ever spray every now and then one leaks a little 1 out of maybe 20
  9. kandie-kiss

    kandie-kiss In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2011
    I know people who swear by moth balls to repel skunks. They don't like the smell. Ironic huh? Moth balls dont smell the best , but trust me (my dog got sprayed on my porch!!! The whole house smelled) they smell better than a skunk.
  10. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    I have caught them in humane traps and relocated them. My neighbour has caught them in humane traps and then took them to the river. [​IMG]

    If they can not lift their tail, you are good to go. So make the trap short. And then patch up where they are getting in.

    My mom has had a skunk living under her shed for going on 5 years. In the evening he comes out form under the shed and goes on his way. LOL, she doesn't seem to mind.

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