Skunk Digging Under Your Shed or Deck? Here's What to Do

Discovering a skunk has taken up residence under your shed or deck can be an unsettling experience. However, there's no need to panic. In this guide, we'll explore practical steps to address the situation, ensuring a peaceful coexistence with our striped neighbors.

Before diving into action, take a moment to observe and assess the situation. Identify the specific areas where the skunk is digging and try to understand its behavior. This information will guide your efforts to encourage the skunk to relocate without causing harm.

Skunks are skilled diggers, and they often create burrows for shelter. Locate the entry points under your shed or deck, and note the size of the openings. This information will be crucial for implementing effective exclusion measures.

Skunks prefer quiet and undisturbed areas for their dens. Introduce controlled disturbances to make the environment less appealing. Play a radio near the infested area, stomp your feet, or place ammonia-soaked rags strategically. Skunks are sensitive to strong smells and human activity, which may encourage them to find a more peaceful spot.

To prevent skunks from re-entering the dug-out areas, install barriers. Use wire mesh or hardware cloth to block access points, ensuring the material extends below the surface to deter digging. Be thorough, covering all potential entrances to make your shed or deck less inviting.

Consider using natural repellents to discourage skunks from hanging around. Sprinkle a mixture of cayenne pepper and garlic powder near the entry points, as skunks find these smells offensive. Reapply after rain to maintain effectiveness.

Skunks are nocturnal creatures and prefer darkness. Install motion-activated lights or devices that emit ultrasonic sounds. The sudden illumination or unfamiliar sounds can startle skunks and encourage them to seek quieter locations away from your property.

If your efforts to encourage the skunk to relocate prove unsuccessful, or if you're uncomfortable dealing with the situation, consider seeking professional assistance. Wildlife control experts can assess the situation, implement humane removal methods, and offer advice on preventing future intrusions.

Once the skunk has vacated, take preventive measures to minimize the chances of a recurrence. Regularly inspect your property for potential entry points, and promptly address any signs of digging or burrowing.

Dealing with a skunk under your shed or deck requires a combination of patience, understanding, and strategic planning. By employing humane deterrents, securing entry points, and seeking professional help when needed, you can peacefully coexist with these unique neighbors.

Remember, a little effort goes a long way in creating a harmonious environment for both humans and wildlife. With the right approach, you can enjoy your space without any unwanted underground tenants.


Animal & Wildlife Trapping
Phone: 302-236-1273

Located in Lewes, DE serving Delaware, Sussex and
Kent Counties.

Animal & Wildlife Trapping

is a certified wildlife control operator. We offer professional and safe trapping, removal and release of wildlife. Our removal of wildlife covers: foxes, raccoons, squirrels, groundhogs, skunks, opossums, beavers, cats, snakes, bats, birds, pigeon, otter and much more wildlife. Also contact us for carcass removal and chimney caps for exclusion and prevention. We are located on Lewes, DE servicing Delaware, Sussex and Kent Counties. Licensed and insured in the state of Delaware. Licensed and insured for fishing and wildlife.

Serving Delaware for over 25 years.