What Attracts Skunks to Gardens?
Given their diet of grubs, earthworms, insects, fruits, and vegetables, skunks often target gardens as ideal feeding grounds. As the pests also make use of manmade structures as places to build dens, flowerbeds located on private properties are particularly enticing. Since skunks are gifted diggers, they easily make their way underneath fences protecting gardens or lawns.
Skunk feeding habits create extensive damage to landscaping, as they dig conical holes in the ground three to four inches in diameter when searching for grubs. They also pilfer fruits and vegetable meant for human consumption and leave behind droppings wherever they eat. Not only are skunk droppings unsanitary, they contribute to the spread of parasites and diseases like canine distemper, tularemia, and rabies.
Prevention & Exclusion
Property owners can utilize habitat modification methods to reduce the possibility of finding skunks in gardens. Erecting fences that are buried at least three feet in the ground to thwart the pest’s digging abilities can be an effective means of exclusion. Frightening tactics such as strobe lights and loud noises also offer short-term control of infestations. Keel lawns clear of debris to limit available food sources and hiding places.
Since habitat modification and exclusion are not totally reliable ways to control skunks, property owners are encouraged to contact pest control professionals when faced with infestations of skunks in gardens. Trutech wildlife removal specialists have the proper tools to remove skunks and keep untrained individuals from being sprayed or contracting diseases.