5 Ways to Keep Skunks Out of Your Yard

Skunks are unwanted guests on San Antonio properties due to many reasons, but probably the biggest reason is their pungent odor and their ability to spray it when threatened. Nothing can ruin a backyard party faster than a skunk spray. 

San Antonio homeowners should never attempt to handle a skunk without the help of a professional. Skunks are difficult and dangerous animals. When approached or threatened skunks will release a strong, foul-smelling spray as a defense mechanism. The odor can linger for days and is extremely difficult to get rid of. It can also injure your pets by causing discomfort and temporary blindness. Skunks can also carry dangerous diseases like rabies. The professionals at Critter Control of San Antonio have years of experience dealing with skunks. Our technicians quickly locate skunk dens and use trapping techniques to humanely capture and relocate the skunk in your yard. Call 210.742.8430 for an inspection today! 


Dealing with skunks in your San Antonio yard can be challenging, but there are several steps you can take to deter them. Here are five methods to help keep skunks out of your yard: 

  1. Secure Garbage Cans — Skunks are attracted to food sources, so make sure your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids. Consider using animal-proof containers or securing the lids with bungee cords to prevent skunks from accessing the trash. It is also important to keep your yard clear of leftover food or trash. 
  2. Seal Openings — Skunks are curious animals and will squeeze through tight openings, so it is important to inspect your property regularly for any gaps or holes in fences, decks, or foundations. 
  3. Install Motion-Activated Lights — Skunks are nocturnal animals and prefer dark, quiet areas. Installing motion-activated lights around your yard or near your garden can help deter them. When the light suddenly turns on, it can startle them and make them feel exposed, prompting them to leave. 
  4. Limit Access to Possible Den Sites — Skunks tend to make dens under porches, sheds, or decks. Blocking off these areas with fencing or hardware cloth prevents skunks from being able to move into your yard. Skunks are also known to be repeat visitors and use existing dens, so always destroy previous dens, and fix any ripped or damaged fencing. 
  5. Keep Your Yard Well-Maintained — Regularly mowing your lawn, trimming overgrown vegetation, and reducing clutter can help deter skunks. Skunks are less likely to linger in well-maintained areas. 


 The best way to keep skunks from entering your yard is seeking professional help from Critter Control of San Antonio. We offer Prevention Services and will install specific and effective methods to prevent wildlife from entering your yard. Call us today!