Skunk Prevention and Solutions

Skunk Prevention & Solutions


Everyone knows that skunks can be a nuisance—they spray when threatened and damage landscaping while digging through flower beds and grass in search of grub worms and subsoil insects. Read on to learn about how to handle these pesky pests.   

Where skunks live:

You will most likely find skunks living under porches, decks, sheds, outbuildings or foundations. They usually do not make their own homes and may nest in previously occupied burrows from other wildlife.

To make them less comfortable, consider installing outdoor motion sensor lighting, create loud noise when you see them, or place castor oil soaked rags in nooks around your yard. These solutions are only temporary and the best solution is to have them physically removed or block their access into the above mentioned areas. 

How to remove skunks:

Residents are not permitted to trap and/or kill skunks without a license issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Village will only remove wildlife if they are located within the living space of your home. For problems or concerns with nuisance wildlife, please contact a removal expert who can recommend the best method for your particular situation. For a complete listing of qualified wildlife removal operators, and how to solve a problem with wildlife in your home, click here.

How to prevent future problems:

After you have experienced the problems that only a skunk can cause, you will quickly seek out ways to prevent future encounters. Here are some tips:

  • Keep pet food indoors
  • Secure garbage cans
  • Remove fruit that has fallen from your trees as well as all other food sources
  • Remove brush piles, and seal all holes and entrance points to locations that a skunk may find suitable for a home. 
  • Consider using a topical application on your lawn to remove this food source for skunks as well as raccoons. Seek advice from your local garden center or hardware store for the best product for your particular problem. 

Odor Removal for Pets Having Skunk Encounters:

Should your pet have a run-in with a skunk, here is a quick home remedy to remove the smell:

  • In a plastic bucket, mix well the following ingredients:
  • 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Dawn Dish Soap
  • Wash your pet thoroughly; work the solution deep into the fur. Leave the solution on your pet for at least 5 minutes. Rinse and repeat as needed. 
  • This solution can also be used on clothing. NEVER store any unused solution, discard after each use as pressure may build up and cause the container to burst. 

For additional information call Glencoe Public Safety, c/o Community Service-Animal Control, at (847) 835-4112; or you can obtain further information on the following website: www.dnr.illinois.gov

Learn more about Animal Control in Glencoe here.