Ways to Get Rid of Skunks

Getting rid of skunks in your garden is not an easy thing to do. The natural defensive reaction of a skunk is leads you to quite a precarious situation. If you anger a skunk or even just startle it you’ll be facing quite a stinking situation. However, there are natural ways in order to get rid of skunks. We’ll go over some of them to help you remove these critters and avoid the nasty smelling challenges.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Skunks

Citrus Smells:

Many animals do not like the smell of citrus fruits. And you can be sure that skunks are included among such animals. So, you can use citrus peels all around your garden to act as natural repellant for your regularly visiting skunk. You can either use lemons, oranges, or any other citrus fruit peelings to scatter all over your yard.

Predator Smells:

Simulating predator smells are another of the several natural ways to get rid of skunks. You can buy predator urine as they are commercially sold as a repellant that homeowners can use. Some of these natural repellants that you can purchase include coyote and dog urine. The idea is to apply this repellant all over your garden. When skunks smell the predator urine next time they visit, they would naturally leave. The only drawback to this solution is that you would have to reapply the repellant whenever it rains.


An alternative and natural way to get rid of skunks is by using ammonia. Grab some old rags lying around the house and soak them in ammonia. If you don’t have any old rags you can use cotton balls as a substitute. Soak them in the ammonia and spread them all around the house. These will act as a natural skunk repellant and will get rid of skunks. You will have to make frequent replacements of the rags or cotton balls to constantly keep the skunks away.

Other Methods

There are other methods to get rid of skunks other than the natural ways we have pointed out. One of them is to get rid of the skunk’s food source. This could be a huge reason why skunks keep on coming back into your yard. Clean up any trash, left over pet food, and bird feeders lying around. Compost piles, grubs, and vegetables in your garden may also become their target. Another thing you can try is to remove the shelter that the skunk has made in your yard. All you have to do is to fill the burrow it has made with dirt when the skunk has left.