With their habitat shrinking everyday, wild skunks are competing with humans for food, shelter and space. Skunks have an offensive odor and can be quite destructive, so they are not necessarily the most desirable backyard companions. Fortunately, you can get rid of skunks naturally without harming them. You simply need to use natural deterrents to encourage any visiting skunks to move on to greener pastures. Just remember to keep the safety of children and pets in mind when deciding which methods to use.

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Skunks eat mice, eggs, fruits, nuts, vegetation, carrion, garbage and other animals.

Light and Noise

Make the area around your home bright and noisy. Skunks tend to feel more secure in areas that are dark and quiet. Set a radio to a talk radio station and position a light so it floods the area in which the skunks are dwelling. If possible, set the light and radio on a motion sensor so they turn on when the skunks start to prowl on your property.

Build a Border

In some cases, you can keep skunks out by erecting a border. If the skunk den is on your property, cover it up, fill it in or barricade it with screen. Crumple up black plastic, newspaper, or aluminum foil and place it around the perimeter of your land. Skunks don't like walking over these, so it may help deter them. You can also put up a small border made of mesh fencing or chicken wire or plant foliage around your property that is prickly or carries thorns.

Appeal to Their Senses

Sprinkling your property with things that skunks dislike smelling and tasting can be a natural deterrent. Spread mothballs, or naphthalene flakes around your yard. These are made of a crystalline compound that is produced by the distillation of coal tar. Sprinkle flour where they eat or nest. Sprinkle cayenne pepper flakes around your yard, concentrating on areas where the skunks like to dig for food.

Make Deterrent Spray

There are many different natural skunk deterrent sprays you can try to drive skunks away from your property. Try mixing 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon dish soap in a spray bottle. Also try 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of castor oil and 1 cup of dish soap in a spray bottle. Avoid getting these sprays on foliage or outdoor furniture. Spray them In and around trash cans and at points of entry.