The Q&A Archives: Skunks

Question: How to get rid of skunks in the garden?

Answer: Natural skunk repellent and deterrents include:
Bright lights - Probably the best skunk repellent is a light. Skunks are nocturnal and their eyes are very light sensitive. A motion sensor flood light will frighten them off if the come into your yard.

Citrus smells - Most animals, including skunks, dislike the smell of citrus fruits. Place orange or lemon peels around the yard as a natural skunk repellent.

Predator smells - Dog, coyote and other predator urine can be used as ways to get rid of a skunk. These are normally commercially sold and can be applied around the garden. When getting rid of skunks, these products need to be reapplied after any rain fall.

Ammonia - Ammonia soaked rags or cotton balls placed around the yard is another natural skunk repellent. Unfortunately, when the ammonia evaporates, the skunks will come back, so you need to replace the rags or cotton balls frequently.

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