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Removing Skunks Living Under Your Deck

Skunks can be a common problem in some areas and can be difficult to eradicate. Owners with pets may also find that their pet gets skunked when it interacts with the animal. One should locate where the skunk is living and whether there may be a family of skunks that are also living in the same space. Skunks often like to live under houses or the decking to a house. There are then several methods that can be used to remove the skunk. In this article we will look at the process needed for removing skunks living under your deck.

Deterrents like Mothballs

This is a simple method that can be used to eradicate a single skunk or a family of skunks. Mothballs are chemical pesticides which can be used in a number of ways and are effective against skunks. One should find out where the skunks are living and place the mothballs in that particular area. The problem with mothballs is that they will not last for ever and the Skunks may return.

 Humane Trapping

Another method which is effective for catching individual Skunks is via a cage method. The cage should be placed in the area that the skunk was seen and should be fitted with a plastic bin bag on the outside of the cage. Some bait, such as tuna or cat food should be placed inside the cage so as to lure the animal. When the Skunk enters the cage, it can be trapped and the door of the cage can be shut. The plastic bag should be carefully knotted. This cage can then be taken to a forest where the skunks can be freed.

 Preventative Measures

Making sure that skunks are not able to enter the space under your deck is probably the best way to keep them away. Wire mesh and wooden boards can be used to seal off the area to prevent skunks from entering in the first place.

Don’t Use Poison

Homeowners sometimes resort to hurting animals. This is not only inhumane, it is also illegal. At no point in time should you kill an animal for removal. There are humane skunk removal alternatives that you should follow. Call us for a consultation and to book an inspection.