How Do Skunks Get Under Sheds?

Skunks regularly seek out new dens, which they use year-round to rest during daytime hours and rear young. As more residential neighborhoods encroach on natural skunk habitats, the pests must look for creative nesting sites and often use outbuildings like sheds for shelter.

Skunks are excellent diggers and often create their own burrows or use the deserted burrows of other animals. They finagle their way under manmade structures using a combination of their digging prowess and by exploiting gaps in structures’ foundations.


Most of the damage caused by skunks under sheds comes from the possibility of being sprayed. When they feel threatened, the pests spray a noxious liquid from their behind, the stench of which lingers for quite some time. Skunks also dig up sod, injure pets and livestock, and forage in gardens for crops. They are known to transmit various diseases, including rabies, canine distemper, and canine hepatitis.

Prevention & Removal

Some methods of exclusion and habitat modification help reduce the possibility of finding skunks under sheds. Blocking off holes in building foundations with wire mesh deters skunks from building their dens under manmade structures. Using strobe or flood lights coupled with loud music is also a viable short-term solution.

Nevertheless, skunks are known to return to denning sites even when such methods are employed. Contact the wildlife professionals at Trutech to permanently solve your pest problems. Our trained specialists humanely trap and remove skunks under sheds and set up plans to keep them from coming back.