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Any house holder who is proud of their home and
garden will find the kind of damage that a skunk
can do to be particularly painful to see, and
trying to find a way to keep these animals away
will be a high priority. Skunks are naturally
opportunistic animals, so by making things more
difficult for them then it is often possible to
make sure the skunks stay out of your garden quite
quickly. There are a variety of different measures
that can be taken, and not all will be appropriate
in every scenario, but look at your own garden and
see which ones can be implemented most easily.
Reduce The Number Of Easy Food Sources
The most attractive feature that will draw skunks
to any area is the fact that it will provide an
easy food source, so the steps that make it hard
for the animal to obtain any food in the garden
will be the most successful. This can include
relatively simple tasks such as making sure that
pet food and garbage aren't kept in the garden but
are indoors, preferably in a sealed container.
Fruit trees are also an attractive factor that
will draw skunks, so making sure that you remove
any low branches that can be reached from ground
level, and picking up any fallen fruit quickly can
be an effective way to keep skunks away.
Installing A Fence Around The Garden
Although the skunk is a talented digger, they
aren't actually very good climbers,
which means that a good fence can make a huge
difference in how easily the skunks can get into
the garden. When putting in a new fence, the best
option is to use a metal mesh fence, and dig a
trench before installing the fence so that you can
embed the mesh into the ground by around six
inches, which should be enough to stop the skunks
from digging underneath. If you have other pest
animals getting into your garden too, then using a
fence where the top slopes outward, or using a
barbed wire can stop animals getting over the top
of the fence.
Should You Use Skunk Repellent To Keep
Your Garden Skunk Free?
This is one of the biggest myths of all, and while
the idea of spraying a substance around the border
of your garden that will repel the skunk is an
attractive one, unfortunately it isn't effective.
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