Skunks are primarily interested in loitering about human habitat and then setting up base there if they have plenty of food to eat.
Highly omnivorous, skunks feed off a range of insects, from grasshoppers, crickets and beetles to just about any other insect they can grab for themselves, field and house mice, other small mammals, small fowl, grubs and worms, plant food, and pet food that may be lying around.
Thanks to the human habit of generating waste, skunks have now taken a liking to raiding this waste too, so garbage cans and any other waste that may be lying around the property is a favorite too.
Therefore, the first step you can take to keep skunks away is to make any kind of food unavailable to them.
Skunks can be scared quite easily with the help of flashlights and loud sounds, so if you see a skunk entering your property, scaring it away a few times will probably send a message.
The worst thing you could do is feed a skunk. These creatures may look cute to some of us – and if we are particularly aware that they give out that vile smell they are infamous for only when confronted – we often make the mistake of feeding them. This is an open invitation for the animals to make themselves at home, and then there’s no going back.
Yet another aspect to skunk invasion is the availability of a safe place to find shelter. Suitable dens for a skunk include the underside of your home and although a skunk stays in one place for only for a few days, during mating and nesting season, female skunks might end up staying longer.
Discouraging them from finding such a safe place is therefore a necessary preventive measure.
Take these precautions and you are sure to have a skunk-free property.