Skunks use their front claws to dig burrows for sleeping and nest under decks, building, sheds, and concrete foundations.
These tunnels can affect the structural integrity of businesses and homes, but they can also dig these holes and end up inside your homes. So, be cautious!
Most times, skunks dig two types of holes:
- Burrows: For nesting and sleeping
- Much Smaller holes: For finding food.
The easiest means to deal with this type of problem is to use a skunk deterrent and block off all holes in your property that lets these critters in. Hiring a dog guard works too.
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Skunk Burrow Identification
A skunk burrow entrance is typically eight inches wide and deep enough that you will not be able to see all the way into the den.
Naturally, the skunk will dig their home under an object it considers sound and protective. In the wild, this means it will lookout for a fallen rock, log, or another similar structure.
However, in your yard, it means it is likely to dig a hole that undermines the foundation of your home, deck, patio, or other outdoor structure.
Why do Skunks dog Holes?
Skunk dig small holes to find grubs, insects,s, and small rodents. They also dig burrows into the ground to make dens/homes to raise their kits.
How to Recognize Foraging Holes?
Foraging holes are usually small and shallow, but plentiful.
Skunk holes made during foraging will be no more than a few inches in diameter, four inches deep, and are relatively cone-shaped.
Your lawn will constantly suffer from groupings of holes if a skunk discovers it can regularly find delicious grubs in your yard.
Filling in the damage does not deter the behavior because the animal is not concerned about what happens with the hole after it has found dinner.
Do Skunks Burrow?
Holes In the ground
Yes, they do. Skunks dig holes in the ground to forage for food or make burrows for their den.
Skunks take up residence under homes by digging under your house, shed, or decks.
This serves as a safe haven for a mother skunk and her kits.
Examine the depth of your home’s concrete foundation is into the earth. If there are only 2-6 inches from soil to sidewall (stucco, side paneling, etc.) you’re in good shape.
If your sidewall is substantially above the soil line then skunks have a good chance to dig under your concrete foundation wall and enter the crawlspace.
You can lay 4-6 inch river rock, hardware cloth, pavers, or concrete along the suspect areas around your home’s foundation will prevent all animals from digging into the crawlspace.
Skunks dig under trees to find grubs or make dens for their kits.
Yes, skunks will burrow underground if there is no other shelter available to them.
They like to live in tree hallows and might choose areas around your home if their den is destroyed.
How To Get Rid Of A Skunk Burrow
- Fill the holes with some loose dirt.
- Fencing or sealing the area completely.
- Get a guard pet (a dog, horse, or donkey)
How Deep Can A Skunk Burrow
Skunks will have a burrow entrance of about 8 inches wide and it’ll be so deep that you may not be able to see the nest.
How To Keep Skunks From Digging Up Your Lawn And Out Of Your Yard At Night?
Skunks can be discreet neighbors when they really want to be. You may not even be able to smell them but these are some quick ways to stop skunks from digging up your lawn/home:
Buy Sensor Lights
Skunks aren’t fans of bright lights since they are most active at night. So, installing a motion sensor light can help keep them away from your garden, home, yard, and house.
Devices such as this are super effective at startling animals, making them run. But, this isn’t a long-term solution as skunks will realize that these lights are harmless over time.
Invest in A Scarecrow
Skunks are afraid of humans. So, they will be scared by a mechanical scarecrow.
You can pick ones that look like predators such as wolves or owls, and/or ones that looks like humans.
Use Household Scents
Skunk’s noses are heightened so using deterrents such as soap, citrus, or paprika around your yard will keep these medium-sized critters away.
You can also try stronger odors like mothballs or detergents.
Spray Predator Urine
Coyote or dog urine can help keep skunks away from your lawn or yawn.
So, you can spray it around your yard’s perimeter or you buy flakes dipped in coyote urine at the garden store.
Compost With Caution
Composting is eco-friendly but it can also attract wildlife scavengers such as skunks, coons, etc.
So, avoid putting meat, fish, or other tempting sources in the compost bin. Plus, make sure your garbage bins are properly sealed.
Remove Grubs from Grass
Applying nematodes that feed on grubs on your lawn gets rid of one major food source of skunks in your home. So, it’s no wonder a lot of skunks will stay away once there is no easy meal around.
Get it from Amazon stores and apply during early spring or late summer.
Use live traps to capture these critters and then release them miles away from your property.
Perimeter intrusion (Fencing, etc.)
Fences can help deter skunks only if the kickboard digs into the earth and only if the soil is hard enough to prevent digging. Attaching hardware cloth (metal screen) on the lower outside of the fence and “L” shape it out will prevent skunks from digging under. At least 8 inches deep and 2 feet out.