Asked on Jun 20, 2015

How to get rid of a skunk living under shed, permanently?

Terri S
by Terri S
I have tried traps and it just eats bait and gets away. I have tried automatic lights to disturb his nightly routine, doesn't faze him. I can't use my yard anymore, I need help.
  26 answers
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 20, 2015
    Have you tried Critter Ridder granules? I used them to repel a groundhog. I tried everything too including a solar repellant that beeps, and a stick that smokes them out. I put some in the hole one day after he came out and then reapplied a couple of times after a heavy rain. He has not returned this year (knock on wood). I left the solar beeper up too. The brand I used was Chemfree I imagine the one in the US is similar or the same, with only label differences...
  • The Weathered Fox The Weathered Fox on Jun 20, 2015
    Why can't you use your backyard? My understanding is that skunks are nocturnal, good for bug control, and only spray after giving plenty of warnings. We've got a family of them under our porch and we haven't had any problems yet. In fact, my flowers are doing much better because the beetles are gone!
  • Terri S Terri S on Jun 20, 2015
    The skunk sprays around the yard every few nights for some reason, and it smells horrible. AND, I have a small dog, a yorkie, who would be constantly trying to dig it out from under the shed, I've tried human hair (like I used to help rid us of the rabbits) and our Dept of Natural Rsourses suggested soaking rags in amonia and trying to get rid of it that way, just dragged them further under the shed. Tried filling in the entry ways every single day to discourage it, just kept making new ones or redigging the old out. Never heard of Critter Ridder....
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jun 20, 2015
      @Terri S Critter Ridder is safe...It will repel them but it is non toxic. If you look at the link I provided, you will see where you can buy it.
  • Linda Mudge Neice Linda Mudge Neice on Jun 20, 2015
    Put moth balls in the hole....animals don't like the smell of camphor.....
  • Holly Dowling Holly Dowling on Jun 20, 2015
    Call your state Wildlife Department. Usually they will come out and remove wild animals that are where they shouldn't be, assuming that you live in an urban area, not a rural area.
    • Terri S Terri S on Jun 22, 2015
      @Holly Dowling Thanks. It's just wayyyyy too expensive. They want almost $200 to come and set up traps, and then $95 per animal for removal, and suggests there are probably little ones by this time of year, and so it could reach nearly $1,000 to get rid of it with them. I simply cannot afford that amount, and it's a ridiculous fee system. I could come up with the initial amount if they guaranteed removal of all, but not all the add on costs. Thanks so much for the suggestions though.
  • Terri S Terri S on Jun 20, 2015
    Our DNR (Dept of Natural Resources) will NOT come out or do anything, except fine you huge amounts if you kill it (it's protected). Local city animal control won't do anything either. I do live in city limits. Moth balls don't affect it either, it was tried. 2 boxes. And they were just pushed back up into the main yard away from the entrance. Keep the ideas coming - I need this skunk gone.
  • Jane Wild Jane Wild on Jun 21, 2015
    I keep rats from living under our extensive wooden walkways, and also out of outdoor storage areas, by using Irish Spring soap. I buy it very cheaply at the Dollar Tree store and toss whole bars where I don't want critters. Has worked for several years now.
  • Jo Chadd Jo Chadd on Jun 21, 2015
    Our animal control won't come out either.
  • Me Me on Jun 21, 2015
    coyote urine?
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jun 21, 2015
  • Graphxdesigner Graphxdesigner on Jun 21, 2015
    send a fox terrier under to chase him out of his overstayed digs! :D
  • Candace Warren Candace Warren on Jun 21, 2015
    I use moth balls to keep critters out of my sheds and flower beds. Throw several under there and see what happens. Cheap, and surely smells better than the "friend" you have there now! Best of Luck!!!
    • Carol Kobelski Carol Kobelski on Jun 21, 2015
      Mothballs put in old stocking so when he moves you can remove them easily left too long and they will overpower the house
  • Dot M Dot M on Jun 21, 2015
    Had that problem for years. Learned trapping them , you need to take them more than a few miles away before letting loose or they find their way back. Moth balls did help, I tied a long string to the socks to be able to pull them back out if necessary. But after a while the moth ball odor disappeared under my shop and I had to replace them again before the skunk gave up. That first skunk turned out to be rabid. I also learned bees don`t like moth balls and squirrels don`t like WD40. Squirrels chewed a way into the ceiling of my shop and had babies there this past year, plus they have chewed away part of the support boards that connect back porch to house - they probably thought was a way into eaves to build a nest like they did in front house eaves years ago. . Guess I live too close to the mountain- just a few miles, so collect them. Have seen a fawn and also a huge moose walk down our road and rest in the tiny wooded area across the road from my home. , a few years back. Just as long as the wolfs stay in the mountains, rest are just troublesome, but dogs are safe.
  • Cathy C Cathy C on Jun 21, 2015
    had woodchucks make a home in my barn a couple yrs back. I had a radio out there for when I was working.... I put on a rock and roll station , cranked it up and left it on for a wk straight... apparently they didn't like it and left the barn! Unfamiliar noise has often been used as a deterrent for animals and I think because the sounds from the radio worked because the sounds change constantly and they don't get used to it as fast.
  • Marsha Marsha on Jun 21, 2015
    Check out Toby is famous in Kansas City for his Saturday morning radio show dealing with all things gardening and issues dealing with home ownership. This very subject came up on the show this last week-end (June 20). You can listen to that show or even call them for an answer! Good luck.
  • Linda B Linda B on Jun 21, 2015
    If you'll read pages 409 and 410 of this publication (, you'll see some research-based suggestions. Note that any chemicals mentioned are licensed in NC, not necessarily in all other states. To those using mothballs, please just be very careful. To create an odor that will chase away animals, the level of the chemical in mothballs is toxic to PEOPLE, too. And remember also that the Trap and Release approach has a LOT of legal restrictions (you have to have the property-owner's permission to dump an animal on his land) and often also results in the death of the animal because it's been removed from its habitat. (Wildlife issues can really be a pain in the neck!) The idea of putting down a trail of flour to see if the animal has left for the day, then fencing the area where he's getting in, may be the best alternative. Good luck!
  • Candie goodno Candie goodno on Jun 21, 2015
    When I had this problem I called our area zoo. They recommended mothballs. It worked.
  • Kathleen Herman Kathleen Herman on Jun 21, 2015
    Just please do not harm the skunk in any way. This time of year the females will have a litter too. Skunks are such great animals and I believe trapping them would be easy enough to relocate. Just be careful you do not relocate a mother without her babies.
  • Northern Lights Northern Lights on Jun 21, 2015
    If you have a sweaty male handy and an old t-shirt have him wear it while he does manual work to get it very stinky. Then throw the shirt under the shed. An 'old timer' told us that skunks don't like human scent. It worked for us.
    • Carole Carole on Jun 21, 2015
      @Northern Lights That is funny. Almost like beating them at their own game with the smell! Love it! BTW, I heard and have seen that some people use bags of human hair (just ask at your hairdresser for their sweepings) around chicken coops to deter foxes from the coop as they also don't like human smell. Wonder if this would work on skunks?
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Jun 21, 2015
    Here we are discouraged to evict skunks while they are raising their young. To do this humanely, you can block their entrance with some dirt and check it for exiting occupants - when the dirt no longer becomes dislodged by skunks/skunklets coming and going you can bury chicken wire 1.5 feet around your foundation. It worked for us for a long time. I will confess that recently we got a new one, so we stuck a radio in the den while they were out, and played 24hr talk radio. Neighbours were curious, but it only took 1-2 days to clear it out (don't know if they had a litter at the time).
  • Carole Carole on Jun 21, 2015
    I am curious to know what would happen if the skunk got so used to you it was not alarmed by you or your family and did not 'skunk' you with the awful stink when alarmed and defending itself? Anyone on here ever been brave enough or foolhardy enough to find out if it works? We don't get skunks but I heard the smell is diabolical and do sympathise if you are in danger of being 'skunked' just for going out in your own garden.
  • Terri S Terri S on Jun 21, 2015
    to those who have suggested getting used to it, that won't work with my little dog. I have a yorkier (a terrier) who will always try to get the animal to leave and try digging it out. That's what they were bred to do. and I know it would get sprayed. I actually don't need the shed any more, so I will tear it down when the skunk is removed so this doesn't happen again.
    • Kathleen Herman Kathleen Herman on Jun 22, 2015
      @Terri S You should be able to set a live trap and move the skunk to a safe location away from people. Just be sure there are no babies that will be left behind. They have a very good sense of smell and you can try stinky food, leftover fast food would be good. They love fast food. Not sure of your location, but you can always try to contact Skunk Haven for help.
  • Ddwegkamp Ddwegkamp on Jun 22, 2015
    We have trapped many critters with the trap that closes when they step on the plate to eat the bait. This was a necessity when a cat ran off. These traps are used by our humane society and they will lend them to you. The problem I see is when the skunk is trapped it will spray. Maybe place it in the open away from your home or shed?
    • Valerie Valerie on Mar 28, 2016
      Lay a cloth over the cage so the skunk can't see you . Many years ago my father in law did this and the skunk didn't spray.
  • Barbara Barbara on Jun 22, 2015
    Skunks, I have been told, cannot see very well. They eat dog food and any food that is left out for pets. Since he has found a home under your house, why not call the county wild animal place. If you were brave enough to pick it up, pick it up by the tail and it cannot spray in that position. Then use you imagination to get it to another location. Not very helpful, but some infomation.
  • Ju An Ju An on Mar 28, 2016
    Try moth balls if you can toss them under the shed far enough to keep the dog from eating them. My dog has been "skunked" 4 times and never learns...
  • Terri S Terri S on Mar 28, 2016
    Moth balls didn't work either, no traps, sprays, human hair, and lots of other ideas we've tried for over a year now. The moth balls ended up showing back up in the yard. I haven't let my little dog out there for over a year. I'm just going to tear down the shed this spring. I don't use it much, and it's not in great shape anyway, and although it might be good for someone if they buy my house in a couple years, it's not worth it to me now. I want my dog to enjoy the yard now