Q: I have a skunk in my lawn or garden, what type of damage can a skunk do?
A: Throughout the year, skunks feed on a wide range of animal, plant, and insect life. During the spring and summer, their diet consists mainly of grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, grubs, and other insects. In the fall, skunks rely more heavily on small rodents, bees, carrion, and berries.
When a skunk is busy keeping potato beetles, cut worms, army worms, grubs, and other damaging insects in check, its ability and presence is valued. If left undisturbed, a skunk efficiently eliminates all mice and rats in an area. However skunks will disturb a lawn or garden in search of insects. The skunk forages by digging 3-4 inch burrows in turf. Left unchecked over a long time span a skunk can cause considerable damage to a lawn.