How to Evict a Skunk ... Out From Under Your House for Less Than $5




Our house was across the street from a rather large park. Occasionally we'd see some wildlife traipse across the yard (a beautiful red fox once, complete with LARGE fuzzy tail!). On first moving in, I was surprised to see a mom skunk, with a baby skunk in tow, cross our back patio in full view, not sneaking around or ninja style. Brazen hussies!

So, I setup an expensive sonic / high pitch pest controller, and set it to full blast. Well, the next night, the same skunks came through, walked along edge of the radius of the sonic system, and continued as if nothing happened. So much for technology. That cost me $75.

Since they didn't bother me, I didn't bother them. But, then we discovered the Skunk Club!

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Step 1: Uninvited House Guest

Unfortunately, a family of skunks found our 12" high crawl space to be super luxurious, and slept until the demolition guys came one day for remodeling the house. In a few minutes, all of the demo guys were outside, and the General Contractor was called to settle the problem. Every time the men made any loud noises, they were sprayed by the resident skunks. ONE skunk's spray is bad enough, but with several ...!

We called pest control who quoted us $150, and when we balked, they shunted us to a wild life refuge group. The chipper woman at the other end of the phone instantly suggested, "peanut butter and moth balls!" It sounded disgusting, and confusing. Were we supposed to cover the moth balls with peanut butter? Stick moth balls to peanut butter?

She said the peanut butter attracts skunks, and they hate the smell of moth balls! What an irony - stinky skunks don't like the smell of moth balls. So, here's the simple solution below on how to get RID of skunks that have moved onto your property.

Step 2: The Peanut Butter

First locate any and all entrances / exits to the house for low-flying animals (rats, mice, skunks, raccoons, possums, etc.). Block all but the one you want the skunk(s) to use for an exit. Leave a good scoop of peanut butter at the entrance with a disposable spoon. Keep the opening clear so there's NO MISTAKE it's an exit for the skunk.

Step 3: The Moth Balls

Now for the fun part!

Moth balls are about as easy to find as the peanut butter but usually in a hardware store or cleaning supply store. They're inexpensive (usually a couple of dollars for a box).

Scoop a handful and throw toward the skunk hideout. If there's no action, toss a couple handfuls more. Within a few minutes, our skunks waddled out, looking rather grumpy since they're normally nocturnal party animals.

The moth balls stayed around for a month or so, but they do eventually sublimate - disappear. But they weren't ever needed again because of the next step!

Step 4: Fix All Openings to the Crawlspace or Any Access Into the House

The idea is to NOT have any uninvited guests live with you without paying rent.

We were skunk-less after this! It really works!



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    10 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    doesn't the moth ball cause an odor in your house?

    where do you get the mesh wire for making the L shaped fence under edge of old house ?


    1 answer

    Answer 1 year ago

    It sure DID work! The moth balls aren't enough to fumigate the entire house as we threw our's into the crawlspace where the skunk went.

    You can get mesh wire at Home Depot or any hardware store. They're also used for mending fences.


    3 years ago

    Wonder how the skunk who thinks MY chickens coop is HIS buffett would feel about this? Gonna try--so far he is just a pain as we know he's there but the dogs---the dogs are sure to find him sooner or later. And altho I keep ODOR MUTE (as I mention on your other fine 'ible!) I would rather NOT wrestle a 90 lb Big Brown Stupid Dog into the tub if no one minds. Not the aged 50 lb double coated Border Collie/ German Shepard cross either. At least the Fox Terrier will hop right on in----

    Moth balls also are alleged to keep mice away from under your car (they chew the wires--costly and annoying) Place them in a metal pie pan and renew as needed. We parked our car in a friends garage for a few days while doing repairs and ended up with a mouse nest that FILLED the glove box! Since we did the mothball thing--no mice.


    3 years ago

    A slingshot makes a good way to distribute moth balls to the far corners of a confined crawl space, especially if you are tall like me. If the mothballs shatter when they hit the foundation, then only use a few, as the increased surface area will make them evaporate much faster/stronger you will have to repeat treatment sooner if you didn't get the space well sealed.

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    how about a paintball gun?
    The industry standard paintball size = 0.68
    Marble/mothball = 1/2 inch diameter = 0.50


    Reply 3 years ago

    Oooooh, better precision in delivery to the skunk area. Just don't want to HIT one though. It'd be worse than a live skunk! Ha ha ha!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Whoa! A slingshot - what a great idea! And fun, too!


    3 years ago

    We used to feed them. As long as nobody bothers them we can coexist peacefully!

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Ha ha - yeah, I heard of skunks as pets - after being de-skunkified, of course. I've also heard of those who cannot smell be total friends with skunks. They are beautiful. Especially those tails!