Q: I have a skunk in my lawn or garden, what can I do to control it?
A: Recent development or road construction in an area may displace skunks, causing them to seek shelter and habitat elsewhere. They learn quickly that under a porch or shed makes a good den and that lawns and garbage make easy meals. To prevent them from denning under buildings and porches, seal off all openings. Wire mesh, sheet-metal, and concrete are effective. To keep skunks out of garbage, tightly seal all can lids and remove all garbage from the ground.
Identifying the presence of skunks is relatively easy. Skunk droppings contain fragments of undigested insects and berries. Digging in the lawn for insects creates 3 to 4 inch cone-shaped holes and exposes pieces of soil.
Note: Information attained from RCE fact sheet FS540, Wildlife and Homeowners: What's Best for Skunks.