How to Get Rid of Skunks

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Skunks are very common in Quebec, and they can be a real problem when they decide to make themselves at home on your property. They can be a danger to both you and your pets, so it’s important to know how to get rid of them. Generally, the best solution is to call an expert.

Find out what attracts skunks, strategies to keep them away and how to get rid of them in this handy guide from the skunk removal experts at E.Exterminateur.

What attracts skunks?

Before we discuss how to get rid of skunks, let’s talk about what attracts them in the first place. Like most pests in Quebec, skunks will usually venture onto your property in search of food. If any food gets left out in your yard, it will likely attract them.

Therefore, it’s important to make sure that no food is left within their reach. Strategies like investing in odour-proof metal garbage cans and ensuring that your trash is picked up regularly will help prevent skunks from taking an interest in your property.

How to detect the presence of skunks on your property

Skunks are best known for their ability to spray their victims with a distinctive foul smell. They leave traces of this odour wherever they go.

If your yard smells like skunk, it’s safe to assume that one or more of the pests are nearby. Droppings and small holes can also signal their presence.

Like other pests in Quebec, skunks can transmit diseases, so it’s important to keep them off your property to protect your family and your pets.

How to get rid of skunks

In order to get rid of skunks on your property, you’ll need to catch them. Skunks are protected animals in Quebec, which means they cannot be killed. Anyone who kills a skunk exposes themselves to legal penalties. There are many types of cages available that can be used to capture the animals in a safe and simple way.

How to catch a skunk

Skunks are generally captured by setting traps, which usually take the form of a cage. Food is placed in the cage to attract the skunk, which is then trapped inside.

While amateurs can use this method, we strongly recommend enlisting the services of a professional skunk exterminator. Catching a skunk takes skill that can’t be learned in the blink of an eye.

Once the skunk is caught, it is released into its natural habitat, far away from populated areas.

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How to keep skunks away from your yard

If you’re dealing with a skunk problem, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with ways to scare the pests away from your property—otherwise, even if an exterminator catches them and takes them away, they may return.

How to keep skunks away naturally

There are several natural methods you can use to keep skunks away from your yard.

Use coyote urine

Spraying coyote urine around your yard is a great way to keep skunks away. Because coyotes are their main natural predator, skunks will flee when they encounter the scent. You can find coyote urine in specialty stores and pet shops.

Use human hair

It may seem surprising, but human hair is an effective skunk repellent. Like coyote urine, you can sprinkle some around your yard to scare skunks away.

Use mothballs

Mothballs are another effective way to keep skunks away from your yard. The naphthalene they contain will repel the pests, but it can be hazardous for your health, so if you decide to use this method, make sure to handle the mothballs carefully.

Other ways to keep skunks away

There are also more modern methods for keeping skunks out of your yard.

Use an ultrasonic device

Ultrasonic devices repel pests by emitting sound waves that are too high for humans to hear. In addition to being effective against skunks, they can also be used for other pests in Quebec such as raccoons.

Note that ultrasonic devices should not be used if you have pets, as domesticated animals are also sensitive to the sound they emit.

Use outdoor lighting

Our final suggestion is to use outdoor lighting as a skunk repellent. Skunks are sensitive to light and tend to stay away from it. If you install motion sensor lights around your property, the skunks will flee the moment they come on.

Note: While these methods can scare skunks away from your yard, they aren’t guaranteed to work, and they may not keep the pests away for good. The best, most lasting solutions for a skunk problem are to have an exterminator capture them and carry out preventive caulking to ensure that they cannot return.

Have a skunk problem? Contact E.Exterminateur!

Skunks are pests that can be a danger to you and your pets. These invasive critters can become aggressive if you come face to face with them.

Getting rid of skunks is far from easy. The best solution remains relying on an experienced exterminator like E.Exterminateur to capture them and release them far away from your home. If you’re dealing with a skunk infestation, contact us without delay! Our team will be able to act quickly to capture and release the animals back into their natural habitat without harming them. Don’t wait—call our expert Montreal team for a free estimate!