- Skunks are burrowing animals, so spaces under porches, sheds, woodpiles, rocks or debris are an open invitation.
- Eviction should only be done when babies can move on their own.
Step 1: If you think you know where the entrance to the den is, check to see if it is in use. Cover the hole with dirt or balled up newspaper. If the hole is in use, the skunk will burrow through the dirt or paper. If the dirt or paper is undisturbed for three to five days, the hole can be closed permanently.
Step 2: Encourage skunks to leave on their own by making the home uninhabitable:
- Distribute urine-soaked kitty litter in and around the den.
- Keep the area brightly lit.
- Play a radio at the entrance using an all-talk radio station.
- Block the entrance with dirt or newspaper to create an obstacle to entry.
Install a one-way door, allowing the skunk to leave, but not re-enter. This method should not be used between April and September when skunks are rearing their young, unless the babies are mobile.
Step 3: Before permanently blocking any entrance:
- Check to see if skunks have moved out, especially between April and September when babies may be present (see Step 1).
- Be sure that no animal is trapped inside the den. The animal will die and decompose.
Step 4: When you are sure that all skunks have left:
- Secure the hole to prevent re-entry.
- Make sure all boards or galvanized heavy wire screening is extended at least 20 to 30 cm straight down and 20 to 30 cm angled 90 degrees outwards underground. Skunks are excellent diggers and continuing the barrier at a 90 degree angle makes it more difficult to dig under.
- Backfill the area with dirt.
- Repair siding and holes in buildings.
- Place wood or wire screening around base of porches and buildings as a prevention skirt.
- Make sure you cover these areas to at least 20 to 30 cm straight down and 20 to 30 cm angled 90 degrees outwards.
- Eliminate piles of rocks or debris and stack woodpiles neatly to eliminate holes.