skunks

Asked February 25, 2020, 12:31 AM EST

how do i get rid of the skunk under my house

New Haven County Connecticut

1 Response

Hello,

Skunks are nocturnal and will leave their den after it gets dark. Information below is from CT DEEP.
"Skunks which have taken up residence under the porch or house can be excluded by covering all foundation openings with woven wire fencing. One opening should be left uncovered until no skunks remain under the building, such as when they have left to feed in the evening. This can be verified by seeing the skunks leave or flour can be sprinkled on the ground by this opening and checked periodically for footprints leading out of the opening. Once the skunk leaves, seal up the doorway with more fencing. You must be careful when using this technique since sealing burrows from early May to mid-August may leave young skunks trapped inside. Be sure all animals are out before sealing the final opening. Because skunks are adept at digging, any fencing may have to be buried at least one foot deep. Fencing will also help keep skunks out of gardens because they are not good climbers."

Regards,
Carol Quish
UConn