To remove odor from areas, treat with odor neutralizers used for pet urine. May have to apply 3 or 4 times but it should neutralize the smell.

For soil and non-painted wood surfaces or sidewalks, use a chloride of lime solution. Mix 2 ounces of lime in a gallon of bleach. DO NOT APPLY TO PAINTED SURFACES. It will remove the paint. Works on soil or non-finished wood or concrete areas.

For skunks under porches, crawl spaces, trailers, etc. alternatives include:

1. Place a Conibear 120 trap over the opening used by the skunk. This is a trap that will kill anything that enters or leaves the hole. Be careful that the area is not open to dogs or cats who might also get caught in this type of trap.

2. Use a wire box trap to live trap the skunk. Cover the trap with a plastic garbage bag except for the trap opening. Put a piece of plywood on the floor of the trap.

Put some of the bait near the skunk den for a couple of days prior to setting the trap. Then put the same bait into the trap and set it near the den. When checking the trap, approach it from the closed end so the skunk cannot see you. If the trap is sprung, pull the bag the rest of the way over the end of the trap and close and tie it shut. Humanely destroy the skunk.

3. After the skunk is eliminated, skunk proof the structure. Take 24 inch high chicken wire and bend it in the middle to a 90 degree angle into an "L" shape with 12 inches of wire on the upright and horizontal. At the base of the porch or deck where the skunks made entry, attach the upright part of the wire to the porch and bury the horizontal portion 2 or 3 inches beneath the soil.

When properly installed, the wire will discourage animals from gnawing through the trellis or wood at the soil line. When they try to dig to go under the baseboard, they will run into the buried wire. 

Critter Management Options:

Exclusion - Change Habitat - Trap - Repel - Poison

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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