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71ragtop
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15 12 8:03 pm    Post subject: How do I get rid of a skunk Reply with quote

Got a giant skunk living under my garage in rear of lot. I've set a trap up with chicken wings , marshmellows , and peanut butter on toast. .No luck I've got a game camera set up and get a movie every night of him re digging the entrance hole and walking right past the trap. Idea #1 is to use a mosquito fogger at the other side and set the trap right by the hole. Idea #2 is to flood under the garage with the trap by the hole. Anybody have other ideas. He will most likely get a 22 round in the head when I see him
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15 12 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother & mother across town get small ones coming
around & the dawgs usually run them off, but not always

Sometimes they're skunk-bathing the dawgs...

Sounds like you're way out ahead of them in the hi-tech toys dept.
game cams & traps "n' stuff, so I'm thinkin' Idea #1 would probably send him into the trap better....

To get back to your original question though....

"How do I get rid of a skunk?"

I'd say high heat grilled skunk-kabobs would probably cook up best.... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15 12 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One bite at a time... same way you get rid of an elephant! Wink Laughing Wink


Skunk repellents

Many folks swear by this or that for repelling skunks, but there seems to be little that delivers consistent results across the board. Here's a list of the most effective skunk repellents that we've been able to dig up. If you know of any not listed here, please add them with the 'tips' form at the bottom of this page.

Bright light - Skunks are nocturnal and prefer to stay hidden, flooding an area with light can be an effective deterrent. Use flood lights in combination with motion sensors.
Automated sprinklers - Contech manufactures a device called 'The scarecrow"which is essentially a sprinkler attached to a motion sensor that will spray any animals that wander into your yard.
Spicy pepper solutions - Pepper sprays are reported to work well but must be reapplied every few days to remain effective.
Commercial repellents - There are many available types, people have also reported success with dog and cat repellents.
Skunk barriers

The good: Skunks are horrible climbers and they can't jump very high.

The bad: Skunks can fit through openings as small as 4" and they're good diggers.

Strategy: Erect barriers around areas that skunks may find interesting in order to keep them out.

Skunks will make homes underneath houses, sheds, decks, and other above-ground structures. Seal them off as well as possible - remember that they can fit through holes as small as 4 inches. Skunks won't burrow underneath them unless they can see that there is space on the other side. Fill in holes and ditches as well.

Enclose large, open areas with a three-foot high wire mesh fencing like chicken wire and it one foot deep to keep skunks from burrowing underneath.

2. How to get rid of a skunk that's moved in

Be cautious when around skunks - they could have rabies. If you see one acting strangely, disoriented, foaming at the mouth or overly aggressive - get away from it and call animal control. If someone gets bitten by a skunk, do your absolute best to capture it so it can be tested for rabies. It's brain is required for the test, so keep the head intact.

Forcing skunks out

Skunk removal isn't hard. The trick is to do most of the work while the skunk is out foraging so you don't risk getting sprayed. Sprinkle a light layer of flour, chalk, or other white powder around it's den and wait until nightfall. After dark, return and look for tracks leading away to indicate that the skunk has left in search of food and then get to work sealing up all of the entrances (barriers were covered in the previous section). If you do this right the skunk will not be able to get back in. If he does, wait until the next evening and try again.

Skunk traps

If you can't seem to coerce your skunky buddy to leave willingly, you may need to trap him. First, check with your local authorities to make sure you're within the law to do so and then invest in a box skunk trap that is small enough to keep the skunk from raising it's tail all the way up.

When you set the trap, secure a few old towels or blankets to the outside to make it safer to approach once it catches a skunk. Bait the trap with anything that has a strong odor; sardines, tuna, giblets, and canned cat food are all good choices. Check it often, you're just as likely to catch a stray cat (Tips on how to get rid of stray cats) or raccoon (Learn how to get rid of raccoons) as you are a skunk so don't depend on your nose.

Once you've got your skunk, cover up the trap so it cannot see outside (don't smother it) and secure it in the back seat (or open trunk) for a nice long ride out of town. When you've located a suitable secluded area, place the trap on the ground, open it up and wait for the skunk to leave. Skunks will often be confused and scared so it might take it a while to work up the courage - be patient. Sometimes you can coax it out by sitting the trap so it's floor is angled towards the door.

If that doesn't work, consider leaving it for a few hours and returning later to retrieve the empty trap.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15 12 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

funny you ask this morning I came out side a 5 a.m to check my smoker and heard something in my live trap around the corner and low and behold a SKUNK dam well he sits pissed off in the trap with a blanket over top read they won,t spray if they can,t see ther target ( hope this true)

anyhow looking for a tub or something large for him and trap to go swimming ,

as far as getting rid of a skunk what worked for me when I had them living in my wood pile was at night when they went out for the evening poured vinegar around the wood pile and soaked some rags with vinegar and stuck the under the wood pile gone in 2 days .
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15 12 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if this will work on skunks but mothballs seem to work for cats. Try and find the largest ones, as they will last longer and not wash away as easy.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16 12 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can get it trapped you can slowly walk up to it with a large dark blanket or very large trash/leaf bag and put over the trap. A friend of mine traps them for people at $25 a pop. Once the trap is covered he sets them in the truck, takes them out to the country and opens the trap. Once they waddle off about 30 feet he shoots them. He has never had one spray him doing it this way. He always says walk slow, cover them up, and you are fine.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16 12 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trap.
.22
Short drive to dispose of the thing.

My neighbor just across the way runs a trap year round. Shoots the animals with .22 shorts in his yard using a revolver. Occasionally i hear a cap gun go off after dark. The great thing is he has been super vigilant since i have been sending a dozen eggs over now and then from my chickens.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16 12 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I caught one a couple of weeks ago. I put a small container of dry dog food in the back of the trap and I had him in there the next morning. I then took my 22 and shot him from about 30' away.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16 12 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotlight and 12 gauge were the most effective for me. Just saying.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16 12 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call TURTLE MAN!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16 12 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try fried chicken, it's used to catch ferrel cats here. Popeye's spicy chicken is also good for catching baitfish in saltwater. Don't ask me why but it works.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18 12 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one get under the crawl space for our addition this spring. I made it a pb&j and tossed it into the live trap. Needless to say Mr stenchy was in the trap the next morning.

Try adding some jelly to your peanut butter Smile They love sweets. I also used a jelly doughnut once.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18 12 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mrs Skunk is gone RIP I think it may have been with children. I guess I caught her at the right time though no babies under my shed.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18 12 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job!!!!!! Glad things worked out for ya! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18 12 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you manage to trap it or did you cut it in half with your hand cannon? Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 12 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toga wrote:
Did you manage to trap it or did you cut it in half with your hand cannon? Laughing Laughing


I trapped it and gave it a good long drink. Problem is there is another one taking up residence as well gotta keep trapping.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19 12 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T00lman wrote:
funny you ask this morning I came out side a 5 a.m to check my smoker and heard something in my live trap around the corner and low and behold a SKUNK dam well he sits pissed off in the trap with a blanket over top read they won,t spray if they can,t see ther target ( hope this true)
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I've caught a few skunks in my time and usually the blanket over the trap works pretty good, but it's not fool proof. I toss the blanket over the trap and leave him alone for a while, hoping to calm him down, and then approach the trap from the back, and try to open the door as quickly and calmly as possible, but I've been sprayed doing this. Not fun. Embarassed


I wish have a they would come out with a trap that has a long cable attatched to the door latch that would allow you to open the trap from a distance....
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03 12 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Once you've got your skunk, cover up the trap so it cannot see outside (don't smother it) and secure it in the back seat (or open trunk) for a nice long ride out of town. When you've located a suitable secluded area, place the trap on the ground, open it up and wait for the skunk to leave. Skunks will often be confused and scared so it might take it a while to work up the courage - be patient. Sometimes you can coax it out by sitting the trap so it's floor is angled towards the door.

If that doesn't work, consider leaving it for a few hours and returning later to retrieve the empty trap.


If you need a place to release it.... how are you and your mother-in-law getting on?
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