A Guide to Skunk Bait, Poison, and Traps
If you have a skunk terrorizing your property, you may want to consider the different types of skunk bait, poisons, and traps available to sort your problem. We are going to talk about a few of the most effective ways to keeps skunks away from your property, but before we jump in to that, let’s discuss why skunks may be scoping out your turf in the first place. While skunk bait and traps may be effective in solving your existing skunk problem, they will not work as a deterrent in the future.
There may be something in your yard or nearby which is tempting the skunk(s) onto your land. Skunks love to dig around in unprotected trash. If you are in the habit of setting your trash bags on the ground, you may want to reconsider getting a trash bin. This will make it much more difficult for the skunks to nibble on your garbage plus it will tamp down the smell of the trash. Fruit and berries are another thing known to attract skunks to one’s yard. If you have fruit trees or berry bushes on or near your property, you may want to periodically clear up any which have dropped onto the ground. This will not only eliminate a temptation for skunks, but also for raccoons, rats, mice, possums, and other rodents. Another temptation for skunks is pet food—especially the moist kind! It is not uncommon to find that a skunk has been cleaning out the cat’s food dish at night time. As skunks do most of their roaming at night, try to keep pet food put away. If possible, feed your pets during the day and empty their dishes at night.
The most humane way to get a skunk off of your land is to lure him into a non-lethal skunk trap. You might look into a trap called the skunk box trap. This is a box-like trap that is small enough to prevent the skunk from being able to raise his tail fully. This does not prevent the skunk from spraying, however it does minimize the chances of the spray hitting you directly. These traps are available in a variety of materials, such as wood, mesh wire, and plastic. The material doesn’t really have much of an impact as far as effectiveness goes, so simply choose whatever is most convenient for you. The trap is simple to set up and only requires a bit of bait to lure the skunk. You can even provide added protection (from being sprayed, that is) by draping a few towels over the sides of the box.
You don’t have to mess about with store-bought skunk bait. Skunks are not picky eaters and can easily be attracted to things that most of us have lying around the house anyway. Basically anything with a strong odor will do as bait. Many people swear by foods such as tuna, sardines, or even imitation crab sticks. Other great skunk bait includes wet cat food, rotting fruit, or peanut butter spread on a piece of bread. The one thing that you will have to watch out for is the possibility of catching a critter other than a skunk. It is not uncommon for people to find stray cats or even raccoons in their skunk traps. Releasing a cat is fairly simple, however raccoons can be quite vicious—especially when they are scared. If you end up trapping a raccoon and do not feel comfortable releasing it yourself, simply call up your local animal control unit and explain the situation. They will be more than happy to come out and release the raccoon into a safe environment.
Skunk poison can certainly be purchased, however it is not recommended that you use this method. Not only would you have to worry about the removal and proper disposal of an animal carcass, but just as with skunk bait, you may find that the poison has attracted and killed an animal other than the one you intended. If at all possible, reconsider trapping or even purchasing a skunk repellant.