There are undoubtedly more dangerous wildlife pests out there, but few elicit the primal fear the skunk does. You understand intellectually that an animal biting you is a more serious problem than skunk spray. At least, you can tell yourself that now. But when a skunk has its hind quarters pointed at you? That’s a whole different prospect. Nobody wants to come across a grumpy skunk unexpectedly, least of all on their own property. Luckily, skunks are like every other kind of wildlife that can take up residence near your home (except smellier). They show up for specific reasons and want specific things. If you want to keep stink-free, it helps to know what these things are. Here’s everything you need to know about why skunks want to live near you, and how to keep them out.