How to Remove Skunks:
2016 Update to Pest Wildlife Management

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Trapping Skunks!

Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with skunks in apartment complexes, skunk removal from your everyday household, skunks in the attic, skunks digging up yards, skunks in pools, skunks stuck in chimneys, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for skunks and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at

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Removal of the Skunk: Trapping! Trapping is the most successful and humane way to remove skunks. There are deterrents for skunks that you can use, and I will talk about them, but in all honestly the best way to remove skunks is to trap them. I prefer Havahart Skunk Traps.

YYou generally want to buy and use at least two traps when dealing with skunks in case there are several in the area. You want to put the traps around the property where you are seeing the signs of an skunk infestation. So put the traps around the garbage, put them on the areas on the lawn where you are seeing the activity. Once you have determined the correct place for the skunk traps, you will want to set those skunk traps.

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Next you will want to make sure that you properlybait. There are several different baits you can use. But honestly skunks are pretty much blind, and their food source is generally insects like white grubs. So what I recommend doing is setting the trap near the areas of activity and building a funnel system with screening to guide the skunk directly into the trap. You can also set the trap directly into the burrow so that in order for the skunk to leave the burrow he walks directly into the trap. Here is what I generally do for skunk trapping:

*Note- Sometimes Skunks are smart enough to avoid the traps without setting it off. They will also flip the traps. If you run into this, there are a few tricks you can use to fool them.

Stake the traps down in the ground with rebar stakes. It will prevent them from being able to flip the trap. Dig the trap into the dirt and fill around it to avoid the trap from moving

Live skunk trapping and removal can take some time. I generally give it a total of 2-4 weeks trapping from start to finish until I catch all the skunks. Normally skunks travel in pairs or groups, so even if you catch just one skunk I would recommend keeping the skunk traps out there for an extended period of time. Be patient, give it time and don’t mess with the traps. Let the bait sit there for a few days and try to catch the skunk. Bait will normally stay good for about 72 hours depending on weather conditions. Once it is caught, you will need to relocate your skunk.

That is my How to Guide when it comes to skunks on your property and how to remove them. Like I have mentioned, my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have being doing pest wildlife and skunk removal now for over 6 years. I have worked and trained hundreds of people of the past several years. It takes time, skill, and patience but removing skunks can be dangerous, but is also something that we deal with on a daily basis here. Skunks have learned how to thrive and do great in the urban setting. This is not something that is going away. With more and more houses coming up everyday, more land being constructed and developed we will always have issues with skunks in the garden and lawn. Just read and learn how to protect yourself, your family and your home and you should be good to go. If you have any questions you can email directly at or call my cell 1-321-236-9031 any time of the day or night 24/7 THANKS!