How to Remove Skunks

Evicting skunks can save you from a smelly situation.
Evicting skunks can save you from a smelly situation. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Skunks, a member of the weasel family, are characterized by a black body with white stripes beginning at the head and continuing along the back. They are considered by many to be pests. Skunks are nomadic creatures, so if you find skunks living under your building, the problem will eventually resolve itself when the skunks move on. However, you may wish to evict the skunks because of health, safety or odor concerns.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Skunk trap
  • Bait
  • Thick burlap
  • Boards
  • Pickup truck
  • String or fishing line

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Locate the main entrance of the skunk burrow. Skunks often live in the space beneath buildings. Sprinkle flour on the ground around your building's foundation in the evening. Inspect the flour the next morning for skunk tracks. The area with the most tracks is likely the burrow's main entrance.

Prepare your skunk trap. Bait the trap with fish, fish-flavored cat food, chicken parts, bacon or peanut butter on bread. Attach at least 20 feet of string or fishing line to the trap's release lever. Wrap the trap in burlap.

Set the trap near the burrow's main entrance during the day. Position boards to create a "hallway" between the burrow's entrance and the trap's entrance, to guide the skunks into the trap.

Check your trap in the morning and the evening. Pick up the trap carefully when you have trapped a skunk. Avoid sudden movements or loud noises that might startle the skunk. Set the trap in the bed of a pickup truck.

Drive the trapped skunk at least 10 miles away for release. Check the regulations in your area -- some areas have laws regarding where, or if, you can release a trapped skunk.

Stand at least 20 feet away from the trap. Pull the string to open the trap's door and release the skunk.

Tips & Warnings

  • To discourage new skunks from making a home under your building, block off all entrances and burrows with chicken wire or hardware cloth.
  • If a skunk shows signs of rabies, do not release the skunk. Contact your local animal control organization for assistance with any animal that you suspect to be rabid. Symptoms of rabies include excessive aggression, paralysis, lack of fear of humans or other animals, excessive salivation and dilated pupils.


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