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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
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.
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