Using One-Way Exclusion Funnels To Remove Skunks Without Trapping Them

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There are many people who want to be as humane as they can when they are dealing with pest animals, and while trapping and relocation is one possible options, the animals will not always survive. This is why some people will look to try and exclude the skunks by using exclusion funnels instead, as it will mean the skunk simply needs to find a new den, rather than having to adapt to an entirely new habitat as well.

When Can You Use These Funnels?

The most important thing to remember if you are trying to use exclusion funnels is that a female skunk who has kits will not necessarily take the babies with her when she leaves the den. This means that if you are carrying out exclusion work, you should avoid doing this in May, June and July, when the baby skunks are going to be quite young, and may not be able to leave the den, meaning that they will die in the cavity the skunks are occupying. Outside of this period, here are the steps you should follow:

  • 1. Finding All Of The Skunk's Entry Points

  • Carry out a thorough examination of the area where the skunk is occupying, and try to identify all of the entry points. In some cases there will only be one, but make sure you find all of the access points, otherwise the skunk will just get back in through another hole.

  • 2. Sealing Most Entry Points

  • Where there is more than one access point, make sure that you seal all of the entry points apart from the main one, and this can be done by using wire mesh, or simply filling in the hole with soil.

  • 3. Installing The One-Way Exclusion Funnel

  • Once there is only one hole that the skunk can use to get in and out of the cavity, install a one-way exclusion funnel over the hole, and make sure that there are no spaces around the funnel. Monitor the area, and you should see that the signs of the skunk's presence should reduce after it has been excluded.

  • 4. Final Repairs

  • Once you are sure that the skunk has successfully been removed, the final repairs can be carried out, and for this you should remove the funnel, and fill in the hole completely. It may also be worth considering whether or not further amendments should be made to deter skunks from returning to the area.
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