Choosing and Operating a Skunk Trap

A skunk trap is the only permanent solution to a skunk.  If you have a skunk terrorizing your neighborhood and you have already tried other methods of getting rid of these little stinkers then it might be time to invest in a skunk trap.  Skunk repellent might keep skunks away for a while but once they wear off you will need to reapply them again indefinitely.  Trying to scare skunks away can turn out the be hazardous to the noses all the residents on the street, not to mention the sort of nausea that can occur if you get skunked directly.

How to Find a Proper Skunk Trap

Your best bet is to purchase a trap made specifically for skunks.  If you are the sort of person who likes to do things yourself or if you want to convert another kind of trap specifically for a skunk then here is what you want to keep in mind.  You want to make sure that you trap is not just a mesh cage.  Ideally, you don’t want the skunk to be able to get a good look at you from inside the cage.  In addition, if the trap you plan on using does not have solid walls, you might find out the hard way about the range of a skunk’s spray.  (It’s much further than you think.)

You will also want to consider how you will carry the cage.  You want to be able to carry it in such a way that the skunk will not be able to see you and in a way where you will not jostle the skunk too much.  A scared skunk is a stinky skunk.

Setting the Trap

You want to set the trap in a spot that you know the skunk has been frequenting.  Good baits to use are fish or chicken scraps or, strangely, peanut butter.  The third is the best because it will tend not to attract cats.

You also want to take into consideration other animals in your neighborhood.  It is a good idea to inform your other neighbors on what nights you will be setting the trap so that they can keep their pets indoors as much as possible.  Many a time a skunk trap has ended up catching a neighborhood cat.  So try to find out where your neighborhood stinker has his den and place it around there. 

Another good place, of course, is by your garbage if that is where your local skunk has been getting his weekly meals.  Set the trap and wait.

Removing the Trap

Even if you hear the trap go off in the night, it is a good idea to wait a before you approach the skunk trap.  This will give the skunk a little while to calm down and adjust to his situation.  You want the skunk as calm as possible before you approach. 

When you do approach, you want raise a blanket in front of you both so that the skunk can’t see you too well and so that if he does spray he will get the blanket and not you.  When you get up to the trap, you should wrap the trap in blanket.  Then lift the trap carefully, trying to jostle the skunk as little as possible and place it on the back of a flat bed truck.  Close him in there and drive to a remote location where the skunk has a similar woody environment to the one where you live.

Turn your truck off and wait for bit.  Then put the trap down in a good area, open the cage and back away holding up the blanket in the same way that you approached the cage.  Wait until the skunk exits the cage.  (You might try placing some food a little ways in front of the cage before you open it to encourage him to leave.)

Once he has cleared out of the area, retrieve the skunk trap.