Skunks are most commonly known for their ‘spray’ – an oily liquid they releases from their rear end when they feel threatened.  There are two walnut-sized anal glands beneath a skunk’s tail. These glands produce a foul-smelling liquid and the muscles around the glands help the skunk spray quickly and very on target.  

How To Get Rid Of Skunk Smell?

The combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is a great combo to get rid of the skunk smell.  Animals are mostly likely to get sprayed but humans can also be a target when the skunk feels threatened.  Here’s the recipe to try.

1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide

1/4 Cup of baking soda

1 teaspoon of  liquid detergent

Apply it to the effected area and wait 5 minutes.  Rinse off with water and repeat if the smell is still strong.  

How To Keep Skunks Out of Your Yard

1. Remove food sources

“Keep a lid on outdoor trash cans. Skunks love human food, but they also like to eat insects and larvae, grubs, small rodents, frogs, snakes, birds, and eggs. Skunks like grubs in particular. If you eliminate the grubs, you can reduce the chances that skunks will be in your yard. Contact a professional pest control company to inspect your yard and get a treatment plan in place to keep these types of pest out of yard.

2. Provide disruptions

You could also use a good old-fashioned scare tactic to keep skunks from coming back.  Skunks move more at night and a , a sudden burst of light or water could deter them from entering your property.   Having a motion light or water sprinkler system will scare them enough to stay away.  

3. Eliminate potential habitats

Skunks aren’t just looking for food—they’re also looking for a place to set up shop.  Skunks don’t like to build their own nests; they prefer to move into abandoned ones that other wildlife have left behind. They also like to dig under fences.  It would be a good idea to investigate your property for any signs of nesting and remove them immediately.

Cover any openings in your home’s foundation with wire mesh or sheet metal. However, make sure that these coverings extend a few inches below the soil’s surface or the skunks will just dig under them to get through.

4. Repel them with smells