How to Remove a Boston Skunk From Anywhere in a House
It’s not bad enough to have a Boston skunk spray you or your pet and then the smell gets in your house, it’s a nightmare when they actually make their home inside your home. It’s not something that you’ll want to have to deal with for fear of having them actually spray in the home. Plus they can be highly destructive. They spray in response to self-defense. You want to keep them out of the house but you’ll also want to try and get rid of them the humane way. Let’s look at some ways to naturally and humanely get rid of skunks from in your home.
Know your Enemy
They are not really an enemy, but they are a nuisance. You’ll have to watch and see if there are babies, or Massachusetts kits, that can’t get out of the home by themselves. If that is the case, then you will need professional help to get rid of them. Babies will be wary and will spray regardless of if it feels threatened or not, just if its startled, which can result in a lot of spray. If it’s just adult skunks then you can get them out of the house on your own (or at least attempt it on your own).
There are plenty of products that you can buy from the store however there are some ways to get them to stay out naturally. You might not generally want your dog peeing near the surrounding of the house but this can be the perfect time. While it needs to be reapplied on a regular basis (due to rain), it can be an effective repellant for skunks as they don’t like dogs. You can also buy it in the store to be able to spray in the home as well. You can also use cayenne pepper sprinkled near the entrance or the hole that allows them to get in. Another is citrus peels. If you put them in the home they will start to avoid the area, then once they stop returning to the area. After they are no longer retuning (use the flour trick as seen below) you can close off any remaining holes that they have a possibility to get into.
Using traps is safe and effective in order to get rid of Boston skunks, especially ones that are under the house and the deck. The first thing that you have to consider is how they are getting in and out. If there are multiple holes you’ll want to ensure that all but one are closed up. This means you will have to get down under the deck or in the basement and see where the potential entrances could be. If you are under the deck, make sure that whatever you build goes at least a foot below ground because they can and will dig under barriers if they feel the need to. Some types o bait that you can use would be wet cat food or wet dog food, chicken, sardines, and bacon. These tend to have some of the best results. You can alternatively use peanut butter, apple slices, and ripe bananas. These will lure them into the traps (traps that don’t kill them).
To avoid getting sprayed from the traps, you’ll want to get enclosed traps. Massachusetts skunks spray when they are feeling threatened. This means that if they see you coming and can’t escape, they will spray in defense. Enclosed traps will prevent them from seeing you and therefore spraying. When do you trap one you should release it in an area far away from where you trapped it. Putdown some flour and check for more tracks. If there are more, place more traps. Once you have either no more tracks or no more skunks being trapped, seal the hole. Whatever method you use, make sure you don’t have any left before you seal the hole. After that you seal it with the knowledge that they aren’t coming back. If you have trouble getting rid of them get professional help, and once they are gone you will have to do some research as to how to make the home smell better.
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