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One of the most important parts of most gardens will be the lawn, and there is no doubt that it is one of the areas of a property that can help it to look its very best, with a fresh green area in the sun a beautiful sight. However, it is also an area of the garden which can easily be ruined, and if you have signs of animals digging on the lawn, then it can soon start to look unsightly, with parts of the grass torn up and replaced with holes in the soil. There are several animal species that do dig in lawn areas, but the truth is that it certainly can be skunks digging in the lawn of your home.
The Skunk Diet
Skunks have a very adaptable diet, and they can find food sources from a range of different sources, but when they find their way into an urban or suburban area, they can actually become a nuisance as they adapt their diet to the food sources available. In rural areas they will usually find sources from a mix of fruits and vegetables along with the small insects and animals that are to be found in woodland and prairies. However, in urban areas they can also scavenge for food from garbage and pet food stores, and will also often find small animals and insects that are living in these areas too.
Why Do Skunks Dig In The Lawns?
The key reason why skunks will be digging in your lawn is that they will be looking for food, and for the skunks with their sharp claws it is easy enough to dig through the grass into the soil beneath. In most lawns, the soil will be moist because it will need to be watered in order to keep it green, but this moist soil can then become home to grubs, earthworms and other insects that thrive in these conditions. The skunks will then be able to sense these animals when they press their noses against the ground, and will quickly dig into the lawn to catch these insects.
How Do You Keep Skunks Away?
One of the important aspects to understand if you are trying to get rid of skunks and to prevent them from getting to your lawn is that they are not great climbers, so one of the best methods of defense here is a good fence. As skunks cannot jump particularly well, even a fence of around three feet can be enough to keep them away from your lawn, so if the lawn is at the front of the property then a picket fence embedded around six inches into the ground can work well. Chain link fences can also be very effective, but because skunks are very good diggers, the key is that the fence shouldn’t just be on the surface, otherwise some skunks can actually dig a hole under the fence to get in.
Trapping And Removing Problem Skunks
If you don’t want to have to put up a fence to protect your lawn, then the other option is to catch and remove the skunk causing the problem, but the difficult here is that you will have to deal with the skunk in close quarters. A cage trap baited with bacon, cat food or other smelly meat can work well, but when it comes to removing the skunk then make sure you throw a blanket over the trap to prevent it from spraying you, and then transport the skunk to a rural area at least ten miles away. You may also need to check the area for any baby skunks if it was nesting under or around your property.
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