Know Of A Good Skunk Repellent?
An effective skunk repellent might seem to be the answer to your prayers if you have a skunk problem. While not exactly fearless, a skunk does have a certain amount of self-confidence when a threat appears, and many dogs have discovered the reason for this. While there are some critters you can chase away by swinging a broom, the skunk isn't necessarily one of them, and you don't really want to get within a broom handle's distance from one.
Perils Of Live Trapping - Then there are those who say the best way to get rid of a skunk is to use a live skunk trap, and then relocate the trespasser. This might work for a gopher or raccoon and certainly would for a rabbit, but one had better have an exit plan in dealing with a skunk. It's certainly not going to give up once trapped, and patiently wait for you to release it. Shooting the skunk is another possibility, though not a good idea if you live in the city. There's always the chance you might just wound the animal, and it will end up running under the house.
Repellents, A Preventive Approach - The beauty of the skunk repellent is that a good one should keep the animals away. It's when they're hanging around that the potential for a problem arises, so there's some truth to the saying "out of sight, out of mind". The question then becomes, what kind of a repellent will work? You also have to consider if there are other animals you want to repel or others you don't want to repel. You can't forget the neighbors either, especially if the repellent smells worse than skunk spray, though that's hard to imagine.
If the skunk has a den nearby, a natural place to apply repellent is around the den, the object being to convince the skunk to move elsewhere. This approach is a good one, but bear in mind you'll need to keep an eye out that it doesn't set up shop in the barn or under the tool shed. If so, you'll have to repeat the application assuming the skunk hasn't sprayed you or your dog in the meantime.
If you can't find a den, you'll just have to apply the repellent where the skunk seems to spend it's time, which may mean the entire back yard. If you have to apply skunk repellent to a rather large area, need repeated applications, and are using a commercial repellent, things could get expensive, though it probably will be worth it. There are plenty of homemade skunk repellents out there though, and even though you may have to try more than one, there is likely something that will do the job.
Predator Urine - Some will tell you that the scent of predator urine will usually do the trick, with coyote or wolf urine being safe bets. Most wild animals will leave the scene if they believe a predator is in the vicinity. There are a couple of problems associated with using predator urine however. One is that if there are actual predators, wolves or coyotes, in the area, they may be attracted, being curious to find out who the new kid on the block is. The other thing is that skunks are fairly intelligent animals. They may detect the scent of urine but may choose to do nothing unless they actually see or hear the predator.
Choosing A Homemade Skunk Repellent - What works? Hot pepper powder is as affective as anything. Cayenne pepper is best, although jalapeño peppers work fine as well. With hot pepper powder you might need to take into account household pets. They will usually try to avoid pepper, but can always get it on their paws and eventually in their mouth or eyes. Ammonia is effective too, especially if you're dealing with a skunk den. Soak some rags in ammonia and lay them at the entrance or anywhere near the den and the skunks will likely leave. Mothballs are also effective.