Skunk Repellents That Work
Skunk is another name for
scavengers that devour garbage and putrefying material
including animal droppings and human excreta. Since a
well maintained house garden is an organized place where
you don’t dump garbage or animal dung without a specific
purpose, the scavenging services provided free by
scavenging birds and rodents is counter productive. We
will discuss below some specific skunk repellent tactics
available for driving off these
Rodent skunks are night
prowlers. Birds arrive on your gardens mainly at dusk and
almost after dawn. Their food comprise of any living or dead
organic matter like bugs, ladybirds, insects, lizards, toads,
spoilt food, putrefying animals, excreta, bird eggs insect
larvae etc. The best way to prevent both rodent and bird
scavengers from coming is to control the garbage that your
Skunk Repellent #1: Remove Unprotected Trash
Always transfer your trash for onward pickup to plastic or
metal containers with lids that can be closed securely and
could withstand a knock over without spilling its contents.
Skunk repellent #2: Remove Larvae and Grubs
Skunks dig around gardens searching for beetle larvae called
grubs, one of their delicacies. Their taste for grubs is
matched by that of nematodes that are beneficial visitors. By
encouraging nematodes to your garden, you could eliminate some
of the attractions for skunks to visit your premises.
Skunk repellent #3: Remove Fallen Nuts, Berries and Apples
Collect periodically all fruits and produce falling from
bushes or trees on your garden so that skunks won’t be
attracted to do it for you. Fallen fruits also attract rodents
like squirrels etc. providing the skunks with a double feast.
The more feasts you provide the skunks, the more they will like
to visit you.
Skunk repellent #4: Remove Other Attractants
- Since skunks delight on every conceivable form of food,
the following areas will need your constant attention and
control to keep the skunks away.
- Any compost heaps comprising of fruit rinds, bones and
eggshells etc. used for fertilizing plants and trees.
- Large numbers of ground insects like ants are found
living under foliage and dead leaves.
- Open water sources like tanks, ponds and puddles.
- Spillovers from bird feed kept out by you to attract
Other Skunk Repellent Techniques
Many people are in a quandary on how to keep the skunks off
their gardens on a permanent basis. The following methods have
been found to be very effective in keeping them out of
Install bright lights since skunks mostly operate under the
cover of darkness to stay hidden as far as possible.
The skunk repellent scarecrow is a device to which a water hose
is attached. The scarecrow monitors sounds through sensors and
gets activated automatically to spray water in the direction of
the sound to scare intruders away. A disadvantage is that the
scarecrow cannot distinguish between intruders and residents in
giving a spray bath.
Spicy Pepper Solutions
To be effective, pepper has to be sprayed quite often, and the
cost depends on the frequency of spraying.
These are used mainly for repelling pet animals like cats and
dogs. You have to be careful to ensure that these animals are
not physically harmed by the skunk repellent since you could be
prosecuted or fined according to the laws prevailing in your
area. This is not feasible if you also have pets at