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How to Get Rid of Skunks at Your Home


Encountering a skunk in your own backyard at night can be a frightening experience. While skunks don't tend to be aggressive, their infamous ability to spray a foul-smelling odor in self-defense is enough to make anyone wary of stepping outside when one might be around. If you've spotted skunks marauding near your home in Knoxville, follow these tips to get rid of them:


  • Skunks are attracted to food sources such as garbage, pet food, and bird seed. Keep your trash cans securely lidded, and do not leave pet food or other potential food sources outside for skunks to scavenge on. If skunks have been visiting your property in search of food, this may be enough to make them leave for good.
  • Skunks may seek shelter under decks, sheds, or other structures around your home. Inspect these areas for signs of skunk entry points. If they haven't built a den yet, seal off access to these areas to discourage skunks from making one near your home.
  • Live traps can be used to catch skunks that are living near your home, allowing you to relocate them to a more suitable habitat. However, this may result in the skunk becoming agitated and spraying. There may also be local regulations against doing so, which is why it's important to do your research before attempting trapping.
  • If skunks have built a den under or near your home and you, understandably, don't want to try to remove them, consider contacting the professionals. A licensed skunk removal company in Knoxville will have the expertise to safely remove skunks from your property without the risk of you being sprayed in the process.


For the safest solution to skunk problems, give Critter Wranglers a call today to request skunk removal services in the Knoxville area!

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