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Skunk Control & Identification

Striped Skunk On Deck At Home

No matter what the situation is, trust the pros at Varment Guard for our expert skunk removal and control services.


Common Name: Striped Skunk

Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis

To learn more about wildlife removal, take a look at our Removal & Trapping page.


The best skunk control is obtained through trapping and exclusion.

Skunk Trapping

Trapping is the preferred method of removal for skunks. Trapping is most commonly performed through the use of live-catch wire cage traps. These traps are baited with a variety of scents skunks find irresistible. Visit our Skunk Trapping page to learn more.

Skunk Exclusion

Skunks should be prevented from burrowing underneath structures by performing exclusion. To learn more about how to keep skunks out of unwanted areas, visit our Skunk Exclusion page.

Habitat Modification

Food sources attractive to skunks should be made inaccessible whenever possible. Pet food dishes should be brought indoors at night. Trash cans and bins containing food garbage should be secured. Fallen fruit should be cleared away from beneath fruit trees located near dwellings. When skunks dig in lawns in search of grubs and other insect prey, attempts to resolve the situation by applying appropriately labeled residual insecticides to control the turfgrass insect pests occasionally remedy the problem, but not immediately.


  • Adult body length (without tail): 13 to 18 inches
  • Adult body weight: 6 to 10 pounds
  • Gestation period: 63 days
  • Litters per year: 1
  • Litter size: 2 to 10 young (usually 4 to 6)
  • Breeding season: February through March
  • Birthing season: April through May
  • Age at which young are weaned: 6 to 7 weeks
  • Activity period: Night
  • Range: 4 square miles or less
  • Primary foods: Meats, fish, pet food, insects, fruits, vegetables

Skunk Odor Control Service

Varment Guard offers a service to help eliminate or reduce skunk odor. The service uses a product that will break down the skunk odor at the molecular level. It doesn’t cover the odor it eliminates it. The material is sprayed in a fine mist anywhere skunks may have sprayed including under decks, houses, sunrooms, sheds, and foundations of homes. It can even by applied to shrubs, bushes, and lawns.

If you are having issues with skunk odor, contact Varment Guard today!

Physical / Mechanical Control:

Skunk Exclusion

As with many other vertebrate pests, the best solution to skunk problems beneath buildings is to screen or block them out. Such exclusion is essential for all entrances or openings in the foundations of homes and outbuildings. Spaces beneath porches, stairs, and mobile homes should be closed off to exclude skunks. Once skunks have made their home beneath a building, the problem is a little more difficult. One must be sure the animal is not present before closing-off the entrance. This is done with our trapping program.  We can also install a one-way door to prevent re-entry and outsmart a clever skunk when needed. Buried wire fencing can prevent skunks from excavating or re-entering beneath porches, shallow decks and slab foundations. A skirting or band of 1/2 inch mesh hardware cloth must be fastened tightly to the above ground structure of the porch, deck or foundation. The lower portion of the fence should extend 12 to 18 inches beneath the ground and then 6 inches outward horizontally, below grade. The resulting barrier will discourage skunks and other burrowing animals (e.g., groundhogs) from digging beneath it.


Live-catch wire cage traps offer the best method of removing skunks from beneath or around buildings. Varment Guard technicians place such traps where the animals are entering the building or on active trails. Effective baits include peanut butter, fish (canned or fresh), fish-flavored cat food, and scented baits.

Once baited, the traps are placed near the point of entry. Traps are checked daily by one of our technicians. During this daily check, captured animals are removed, traps re-baited, and adjustments are made to trap placement. Varment Guard technicians are also equipped and trained with funnel style traps. These traps are placed directly over the point of entry and catch any animals as they leave. This method is very successful for stubborn or trap shy animals.

Over-abundance or high populations of skunks can be addressed through population control trapping. Baited traps are set along established trails, fence lines, buildings, or other cover used to move throughout the property.  This can be effective for removing skunks that may be burrowing on nearby property but regularly coming on to your property.

Live Animal Emergency Removal

A skunk that is sick or injured outside or has fallen into an area such as a window well can be captured quickly and removed from the property. This can be achieved using an animal control pole (catch pole) by a highly trained Varment Guard professional. Onsite, they will locate and remove the problem animal. If the animal cannot be found, traps can be set.

We can rid you of skunk problems safely and efficiently!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is There a Skunk Near My House?

Cone-shaped holes, skunk tracks, disturbed dirt near the porch or deck, rolled sod, droppings, and odor are all indicators that a skunk may be near your home. Yes, finding these signs can be anxiety-inducing, however they can lead you to understanding how to get rid of the skunk. Learn more!

Where Do Skunks Come From?

Skunks typically can be found in heavily forested areas, where food and shelter are plentiful. They either create burrows by digging under existing structures or steal them from smaller burrowing animals. As solitary creatures, they generally live and forage alone. Read more!

What Do I Do If I Encounter a Skunk?

The best thing to do when you encounter a skunk is to stay calm, leave them alone, and get out of their way. Basically, you should try moving slowly around the pest. This will limit the chances of being a victim of their odorous spray. Learn more!

Why Do Skunks Stink?

Skunks use their spray to defend themselves. Many predators that would naturally prey on skunks like bears and coyotes rely on their smell to hunt. When skunks spray them, it’s not just unpleasant–it’s overwhelming. Nonetheless, they usually do give a warning before they are going to spray. Read more!