If you have the misfortune of having skunks as unwanted guests, you are not alone. These animals are a common nuisance. They often come into yards in search of food and shelter. Skunks usually will take up residency in small holes or openings under a porch, house frame, garage or shed. If you have seen skunks or any suspicious-looking holes, an easy, do-it-yourself solution is available. After you seal the skunk holes, follow an easy recipe to make homemade skunk repellent.
Things You'll Need
- Gallon-size spray bottle
- 1 cup liquid dish soap
- 1 cup castor oil
Spread a layer of flour on the ground in front of the skunk hole. Do this during the daytime when it is more likely that the skunk is inside the hole. After the sun has set and it is dark, check the layer of flour for skunk footprints. If footprints are visible, it is easy to determine if the skunk is inside the hole.
Use a shovel to fill and completely seal the hole with dirt, once you are sure the skunk is not in the hole.
Fill a gallon-size spray bottle almost full with water.
Add 1 cup of liquid dish soap and 1 cup of castor oil.
Spray the sealed hole and the surrounding area with the mixture. Spray around the perimeter of the home and around any potential hiding places.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure that the hole is empty before you attempt to seal it. If skunks get sealed within the hole, they may suffocate to death. Upon suffocating, the skunk's body will release a strong odor.
- To avoid disturbing a litter of baby skunks, use extra precaution when attempting to seal a skunk hole in the spring.