Skunks are prolific diggers. They have big claws and short, powerful legs that let them dig into the soil with ease. Skunks dig into lawns to find grubs and insects. If you are finding holes in the lawn, there is likely a skunk living nearby. Protecting the lawn is tricky, but there are a few ways you can deter the animal from causing any more damage. The key is to remove food sources and all areas of shelter. For safe and humane skunk removal, call Wildlife Removal Peterborough. We provide solutions to skunk problems across the Peterborough area.
Skunk foraging holes are small and shallow. Typically, they are roughly 2 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. They also appear in groups, sometimes covering the entire lawn. Foraging like this often happens in the spring after the ground has thawed and insects reproduce. Skunks emerge from their dens at night and put holes in the ground, only for you to find that your lawn has been ruined in the morning. Given that skunks do not travel very far from their dens, it is safe to assume that there is a skunk living nearby. Try making your yard less attractive so the skunk stops coming.
Skunk-Proof the Yard
There are some ways you can scare skunks away from your lawn. For example, you can try sprinkling some cayenne pepper onto the grass. The heat of the spice will make foraging uncomfortable. Another natural deterrent that you can use is apple cider vinegar, which smells like predator urine. Simply spray the yard with it and leave rags that have been soaked in it to keep skunks away. Likewise, you can find synthetic predator urine in most hardware stores. For a more direct approach, try putting a motion-activated deterrent on the lawn. When a skunk comes by, it can spray the animal with water to scare it away.
If you have a small lawn, you can put chicken wire on top to make it impossible to dig. Just remember to move it around every few days so that it doesn’t grow into the grass. You can also put the chicken wire under the soil to protect bulbs and flower beds. Because skunks like to den under decks, porches, sheds, rocks, and other structures, seal these off with wood or mesh. Dig a trench around the structure you’re protecting and attach a mesh into its sides. Bury the mesh when you are done. If you suspect that a skunk is denning on your property, call a professional for safe removal.
Call in the Pros
Skunks den when they need a safe place to sleep and raise their kits. When they den on your property, they come to feed on the grubs on your lawn and cause damage. Call us for easy and safe removal. Our technicians are experienced in dealing with skunks. We can confirm the presence of a skunk’s den and remove the animal without harm. We can also skunk-proof your yard completely to help ensure that this never happens again. Call Wildlife Removal Peterborough for guaranteed skunk removal services.