How can you repel skunks?... #168753 - Ask Extension


How can you repel skunks?... #168753

Asked March 03, 2014, 7:47 PM EST

How can you repel skunks? We have tried the critter ridder, moth balls, ammonia, tried trapping them, bubble gum, etc. They spray with no apparent aggravation. We need to repel them. Nothing has worked. Trapping does work, but they are too smart to continue. They come out all hours of the day between 6 p.m. to dawn. They are not consistent in anything. Tried sardines as bait.

Ashtabula County Ohio

Expert Response

Trapping skunks would be the best option.  Skunks prefer to eat grubs and earthworms as their main food source so many of the baits or sardines will not work.  Penn State has some good tips at:

We also have a nuisance trapping list for professionals you can hire.  You can call the Ashtabula County Extension office at 440-576-9008 to get the list

David Marrison Replied March 16, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

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