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Home Remedies for getting rid of Skunks

Skunks are known for their ability to excrete a strong, foul-smelling odour. They get into residential areas for food, water and shelter. Contact of skunks can lead to rabies. Thus it is important to get rid of this smelly creature. This article few home remedies to get rid of skunks, skunk smell or odour.

Remedies to keep skunks away:

  • Skunks feed on food remnants and garbage. Do not leave the pet food outside as this can invite skunk to your home. Ensure that trash and garbage cans have tight-fitting lids.
  • To protect your garden from skunks, spray hot pepper and water on fruits and vegetables. This effectively deters skunks and other invaders.
  • Remove large woodpiles and cover all ditches and holes. This prevents skunks to make a den under them.
  • If skunk comes in home, flood the area with light. They are nocturnal and prefer to stay in dark. This makes skunk leave the place immediately.
  • Erect barriers and enclose the area with 3 foot high mesh fencing with chicken wire. As skunks don’t dare to climb, this helps them keep away.
  • If a skunk has made den, sprinkle a light layer of flour, chalk or other white powder around the den when it is out. Wait until nightfall. The skunk won’t step in and then close the den immediately.

Home Remedies for getting rid of Skunks

When threatened, skunks may spray the odorous liquid on people, pets and things in home. Some of the home remedies to get rid of skunk smell or odour are:

  • When your pet is a victim of skunk odour take the following ingredients: 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and mix thoroughly. Apply this immediately and rinse the pet off with warm tap water. Your pet will smell fresh.
  • To get rid of skunk odour on ground or any part of house, first remove the source of odour and ventilate the area with fresh air. Wash with water and apply deodorizers to the source. You can also use air fresheners to mask the odour.
  • When fabrics are attacked by the foul smell use laundry detergent to remove the odour. Any cleaning fluid or household chlorine bleach can be helpful in removing the odour.
  • Change the air filter and clean the air conditioner after cleaning the odour spot because they become contaminated with skunk odour and continue to disperse smell. So cleaning them or replacing them can help in removing the odour completely.

10 responses to Home Remedies for getting rid of Skunks

  1. I’ve used the peroxide and baking soda solution. It really works on skunk spray

  2. please help

    we have a skunk liveing under our deck steps. the steps are inclosed all the way around so we can not get to the skunk . do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of this animal.he came out today when my husband was weed wacking. the skunk is not aggressive just runs for shelter some were else when we disterb it. we have to get rid of it some how. we do not want to kill it cause then we have to put up with the stink…..please help. pat

  3. we got rid of 3 but there’s more. do you think that there is a family there.
    it smell like it is under my triller. so do you really think that the flour will work.
    i can’t stand it anymore. please help us

  4. we have yard skunks so do anybody have any ideas to get rid of them.

  5. We have the same problem as Pat. A skunk just got under our deck, which is close to the ground and enclosed. It must have come in via a hole in the ground dug by rabbits………..we have two dogs who now are going crazy trying to sniff it out……….consequently it has squirted and the whole deck area smells to high heaven. How do we get it out without lifting the deck off?


  7. They baking soda and peroxide solution worked awesome to get the skunk smell out of our dog.

  8. Cece said on July 1, 2011

    We had a problem with skunks going under our porch. They dug a hole and got under. We tried every trick all the suggestions of traps, urine from different animals, moth balls, ammonia…you name it we tried it & nothing worked. What we ended up doing was waiting until it left & then blocked the den hole with cinder blocks. The next morning we had to dig a trench…3 feet down & 2 feet out and fill it with cement. It took FOREVER, but we haven’t had them back (thank GOD!) We had bad skunk smells in our house when another animal would try & get by the den, a GREAT remedy to take away the nasty skunk smell was to put regular ground cinnamon on a baking tray in the oven at a low temp, like 250…within 10 minutes the smell is gone.

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  10. A skunk moved in under my deck a few years back. Someone told me to try mothballs. I did – put 6 or 8 moth balls under the deck. The skunk didn’t like the smell and moved out. Has not been back since, and it’s been several years now.