Tips for Making Your Own Skunk Deterrent
If a skunk moves into your yard you will need skunk deterrent to get rid of it, but the best thing to do is to prevent skunks from being attracted to your yard to begin with. There are some simple steps you can take to make your yard a lot less skunk friendly, which will help to prevent these animals from making themselves at home on your property.
Some of the steps you can take include keeping all trash picked up and secure. You will also not want to leave piles of wood or brush in your yard, as this gives skunks a great place to hide. Always make sure that you have shut and locked sheds and garage doors so that you can keep skunks out of these areas. If you have a pet, do not leave the pet food or water out overnight.
If you have a porch with hiding spaces beneath it you will have to pay special attention to skunk deterrent in this area. Skunks love to hide under porches and decks. Make sure that beneath your porch and deck that it is inaccessible to skunks.
When skunks do move into your yard you will want to get rid of them as soon as possible; these animals not only have an awful odor, they tend to dig holes in your lawn as well. You will want to use some natural skunk deterrent methods to keep these pests from making their home in your yard.
If you find skunk dens in your yard, you can use cayenne power around the den. It isn’t too difficult to identify these dens; they will be about 4 inch holes in the lawn. You can also make a natural brew of skunk deterrent spray to put around our property as well as the skunk’s den.
To make your own skunk deterrent spray boil together a chopped onion and a chopped jalapeno pepper, as well as a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in two quarts of water. Let the mixture simmer for at least 20 minutes. Let the mixture cool before straining into a spray bottle. You will want to apply this spray around your property as well as around the skunk’s den at least every 5 days.
Another skunk deterrent that you can do yourself is to soak some rags in ammonia and put them around the skunk’s den. This will ensure that the skunk leaves the den, but it is likely to burn the grass or other foliage around the area that you place the rags.
For a skunk deterrent you can also try placing some mothballs in a jar; you can then poke some holes in the jar’s metal lid and place it near the entrance to the skunk’s den. One method you can use to find out if you have been successful in removing the skunk from your property is to place rumpled up newspaper in the entrance of the den; when the time comes that the newspaper is untouched in the morning, you can then fill in the den with dirt. For skunk deterrent to work you have to be persistent; keep applying the repellent until you have successfully drove the skunk away.
The hot pepper spray that you can use as a skunk repellent can also be used as a way to keep other pests out of your yard and garden; simply apply this spray around your garden every few days and you will be rid of garden pests.