How to Get Rid of Baby Skunks

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Four to seven baby skunks are usually born in a litter.
Four to seven baby skunks are usually born in a litter. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

While everyone knows the odor of skunk spray, skunks are known to carry diseases such as rabies. Skunks prefer to make their nests in premade holes or covered areas. If you find a litter of baby skunks, the most effective way to get rid of them is by skunk traps. Live traps are available at your local hardware stores. With a few more common items, you can prevent skunks from entering and burrowing around your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Wire mesh
  • Silicone caulk
  • Live trap
  • Fruit
  • Earthworms
  • Small insects

Prevention

Examine your home for baby skunks. Check in window wells, under decks or other covered areas.

Pour a cup of flour in front of a hole that might contain baby skunks. Let the flour sit for one day. Reexamine the flour to see if there are any paw prints.

Cover the hole with wire mesh. Cut the wire mesh to the dimensions of the hole. Apply a layer of silicone caulk around the edges of the wire mesh. Let the silicone caulk dry for six hours.

Live Trap

Place a live trap in areas where baby skunks have been seen. If the baby skunks' location is unknown, place the trap near the side of your house or garage.

Lift and set the trap door. Place bait such as fruit, earthworms or other small insects inside. The trap door will swing down to trap the animal after it steps on the trigger inside to get at the bait.

Call your local animal control center to safely relocate the baby skunks after you have trapped them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Live traps are available at local hardware stores.
  • Wear protective clothing, gloves, goggles and mask when handling live skunks. Live skunk spray can be temporarily blinding. The odor lasts for several days.

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