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The problem of pest animals is one that you shouldn't only deal with in a reactive way, but if you are aware that there are skunks in your area and you are proactive, then sometimes you can prevent such a problem from happening in the first place. There are several ways in which you can start to take steps that would make a skunk problem less likely to occur, and by thinking about what is likely to draw skunks to your property, then you can look to remove such factors. You won't always be able to keep a skunk away if it is especially determined, but often these steps will work.
Remove Features Attracting The Skunks
The presence of food sources is one of the main reason that a skunk will visit any domestic property, and these sources can range from garbage and pet food through to fruit, vegetables and insects in the garden. Make sure that you store all of your pet food and garbage securely indoors where possible, and try to reduce the amount of food waste that is placed in the garbage. It is also worth looking at your lawn, as a lovely moist lawn will attract skunks as it is a good place to dig for insects, so try keeping your lawn a little on the dry side.
Make Sure Your Dog Leaves Its Scent Around Your Property
Although the skunk is capable of producing a horrible smell, and they won't always be particularly cautious when they are exploring, if a skunk can smell that your dog is patrolling the territory, then it may be enough to encourage the skunk to go elsewhere instead. The skunk's sense of smell is actually very good, and although they have very few natural predators, the smell of an animal such as a dog can help to keep them away from your property.
Ultimately, encircling your property with a thick and durable barrier such as a fence can prevent the skunk from getting in, as they are animals that are not particularly strong climbers. The skunks are however very good at burrowing, so when you are installing the fence, make sure that it is of a durable material such as a thick steel mesh, and while putting it in make sure you place the fence embedded around six inches into the ground, as this will stop the animal from being able to dig underneath to get in. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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