How do I keep rabbits and skunks from burrowing under the porch?

by Carolyn
I noticed 6 to 10 inch holes around both side of the porch . I am pretty sure something is going in and out.
  5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 24, 2016
    You can use plain steel wool to plug up the holes or a spray foam insulation. Home Depot carries the foam in the building dept.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 24, 2016
    6-8 inch holes, something sure is a-comin' and a goin'. First I would want to make sure i got rid of the uninvited houseguests. Get a medium size 'have-a-heart' trap and set it until you are sure you go them all. (Likely it is more than one.) Release in distant park land so they can't ramble back. Identify what it is that attracts this type critter to your yard and maybe remove the temptation for others to return. You will have to dig a trench, and put in some kind of barrier like good fence wiring (or more) sunk in and attached to porch depending on what type of critter it is. A nice weekend spring or summer chore.
  • Star Star on Mar 24, 2016
    Try spreading moth balls in area.
  • Cat Conn Cat Conn on Mar 24, 2016
    I try to keep all my solutions organic, so, a combo of egg shells, a few cloves of mashed up garlic and used coffee grounds. It will also keep away some types of bugs. Mothballs are not a good idea as they are poisonous to birds. I have been told that a combo of epsom salts, cheap mouthwash and stale beer mixed together until salt is dissolved and sprayed around the area deter many flying insects as well. Only side effect from the latter is the area will smell minty fresh for a day or two.
  • CountryLady CountryLady on Mar 24, 2016
    For safety sake, Its important to know what animal is under there! One thought is to put out Have-A-Heart live traps to catch the culprits. Some Animal Control Departments may have loaner traps and might even set them up for you. Some neighborhood Groups and SPCAs have loaners to share. The captured animals are usually relocated to a less problematic area. After that, you might make a wire "skirt" (with small holes) to lay under some mulch that reaches at least a foot out at ground level and connects to the fence that you already have. Zip ties work well to attach the skirt to your fence. Use tent pegs or wire coat hangers make two anchors from each coat hanger that are helpful to keep the outer edge down under the mulch. Good Luck.