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How To Prevent Skunks From Living Under Your Home

As the days get colder, wildlife seeks shelter from the winter chills. Unfortunately for homeowners, that shelter may be underneath your house. Skunks are these critters that will dig holes around and under your house for a place to live that’s out of the cold. Skunks are non-aggressive, intelligent and some people even have them as pets. However, the problem with them around your home is that you have a higher risk of being sprayed; they carry diseases, dig holes in your yard and make a mess around your property. The good new is, there are ways to prevent them from setting up camp under your home.

Seal Openings And Holes

Skunks aren’t as nimble and small like squirrels but they are very smart and will take advantage of any holes and openings they can use to get underneath your home. Inspect the exterior of your home to see if there are any holes that can be sealed up to deter them from infiltrating the premises. You should look for holes around the base of your home but shouldn’t have to worry about sealing any holes near the roof because skunks are diggers rather than climbers.

Add Extra Lighting

According to HowHunter, another thing with the skunks is that they tend to avoid the areas with bright lights. For that reason, you might want to add some floodlight in your yard. This will help to keep the skunks away and they will avoid the yard completely. Generally, most of the rodents detest brightly lit areas, so some light will help in getting rid of the skunks. Skunks are shy, nocturnal creatures so brightening up the area will discourage them from even going near your home.

Don’t Leave Out Trash

Not only are skunks looking for a place to take shelter in the winter but they also want to find something to eat. A lot of homeowners may not have dumpsters or may leave their trash out every now and again. However, this is exactly what skunks are looking for and is an invitation to hang out near your home. Make sure that if you are starting to notice an increased presence of skunks in your area, that trash is properly stowed and no food, even pet food, is left out in the yard.

Install Sprinkler Systems

Another way to discourage them from entering the property is to add a sprinkler system. There are systems you can get that are motion activated so they’ll only turn on when there is something moving in the area. The water sprouting up is enough to frighten them away and have them scurry off to a safer location.

Use Repellents
There are several different types of repellents available that prevent skunks from seeking out shelter in your home. According to HowHunter, these are liquids that contain natural ingredients, which will repel the skunks whenever they taste it. For that, you might want to spray it on your garbage, or where they mostly pass through. These repellents are usually very effective at discouraging skunks from entering the property.

WildLife Control Services

We are always interested in preventing wildlife problems before they start; prevention is always the best course of action. Chimney caps, underground fencing, roof vent covers and a number of other techniques can prevent wildlife from entering homes or burrowing under structures, thus removing the necessity to capture animals in the first place. Anyone who seeks to protect his or her property from wildlife encroachment provides a fundamentally sound investment. That investment not only protects the animal world by keeping them in their natural habitats but it protects the property owner from costly removal and repair expenditures.

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