Skunks are notorious creatures for expelling an offensive, poisonous smell that stays. When days get warmer in Upstate New York, skunks tend to leave their shelters and wander around in the open. If you’re unlucky, you might even stumble upon one or a whole pack in your garden. An outbreak of skunks is never a good sign and needs prompt action. This could mean both taking DIY steps to drive skunks away and hiring a professional pest exterminator for the job.
Signs of skunks in your garden
Skunks are dirt creatures. They live underground and the biggest telltale sign of skunks in your backyard is holes in the ground. Their infamous smell is also an important sign that you can pick up almost immediately. Recognizing a skunk problem isn’t hard but it needs a quick solution.
Driving skunks away
The only way to get rid of skunks is by trapping them. Once they are trapped and removed, all entry points should be sealed properly so they do not enter your territory again. Make sure you don’t use any poisonous chemicals in your quest to drive the skunks away. This is harmful for the animal, the environment and for you. Plus, the skunk can retaliate by spraying.
If you don’t want to trap the skunks, you can repel and drive them away by using repellents. Predator urine such as that of a dog will keep skunks out of your territory. Similarly, ammonia is a powerful caustic agent that can help keep skunks away. However, since skunks don’t have the best sense of smell predator urine might be the best repellent that you can use.
Other repellants, albeit not so effective, include natural home items like peppers and citrus fruits.
The bottom line
It’s important to hire a professional Albany pest exterminator who is skilled in driving pests like skunks away if one does get into your property. It’s equally important to take proactive measures to keep skunks from ever entering your property. Keep your garbage cans covered and make sure there are no stagnant water sources in the backyard!