Skunk Damage Prevention and Control Methods

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Overview of Damage Prevention and Control Methods

Habitat Modification

  • Remove garbage, debris, and lumber piles 

Exclusion

  • Close cellar, outside basement, and crawl-space doors 
  • Seal and cover all openings  
  • Trench-screen decks and porches 
  • Install wire mesh fences around poultry yards 
  • Elevate beehives and install aluminum guards 
  • Secure the base of fences  
  • One-way doors 

Frightening

  • Limited value 

Repellents

  • None are effective 

Toxicants

  • Gas cartridges  

Shooting

  • Effective, but usually emits odor 

Trapping

  • No. 1 foothold 
  • No. 160 or 220 Conibear┬«-style or body-gripping traps 
  • 7- x 7- x 24-inch cage or box trap 

Other Control Methods

  • Direct capture