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How to get rid of a scunk family of 4 for free?

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How to get rid of a scunk family of 4 for free?

Hi,

Having them since last year (first seeing one that time). This year, there are family of 4.
They have a den under my neighbor's shed, but 2 entrances from my garden.
Tried to close the entrance, but they reopen in a day. They eating my fruits from my garden, etc.
So far, no accidents with spraying.

Is there a service in GTA, that will remove them for free? Or what would be approximately cost of such a service.
Animal Control was mentioned to me, however all info from website, saying of pay such a service.

I am not going to do on my own, using a cage, one can buy from store.
I may take losses this year (with my garden), and cover current entrances with some enforcements, like a steel net, etc.

Thanks for sharing any experience with such a creatures.

Richard
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*edit* I was thinking racoons, skunks are worse. I wouldn't do anything that risked getting anyone sprayed. You and your neighbour should split the cost of getting them relocated.

Yes, make their life difficult by blocking up any easy access, you could install automatic water sprayers, or install some ultrasonic deterrents, but if your garden is still the best source of food, they will keep coming no matter what.
If you're sure they're away, I would help your neighbour block up the den with some large patio stones or by pouring concrete into the den.
Get rid of them ASAP before someone gets sprayed.
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engineered wrote: House sit a large dog in your backyard. My brother's Malamute Husky would tear racoons to shreds.
Otherwise, yes, make their life difficult by blocking up any easy access, you could install automatic water sprayers, or install some ultrasonic deterrents, but if your garden is still the best source of food, they will keep coming no matter what.
I would help your neighbour block up the den with some large patio stones or by pouring concrete into the den, but if their inside at the time it would technically be illegal if someone found out.
Get rid of them ASAP before they make their next den in your attic and destroy your house.
I think OP is talking about skunks. It would be very impressive if these skunks made dens in the attic.
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engineered wrote: House sit a large dog in your backyard. My brother's Malamute Husky would tear racoons to shreds.
Otherwise, yes, make their life difficult by blocking up any easy access, you could install automatic water sprayers, or install some ultrasonic deterrents, but if your garden is still the best source of food, they will keep coming no matter what.
I would help your neighbour block up the den with some large patio stones or by pouring concrete into the den, but if their inside at the time it would technically be illegal if someone found out.
Get rid of them ASAP before they make their next den in your attic and destroy your house.
you don't want a Dog to get sprayed by a skunk.... it's not funny...
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Anikiri wrote: I think OP is talking about skunks. It would be very impressive if these skunks made dens in the attic.
I had a friend in school who had a skunk family under their home. Her dad decided to get rid of them and there was a lot of spraying. When she cam back from summer break, her clothes smelled of skunk and she couldn't get rid of it. I think she eventually replaced most of her clothes.
Ducky wrote: you don't want a Dog to get sprayed by a skunk.... it's not funny...
lol, yea, I don't know why I started thinking racoons. Maybe because they're a more common problem.
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engineered wrote: House sit a large dog in your backyard. My brother's Malamute Husky would tear racoons to shreds.
Otherwise, yes, make their life difficult by blocking up any easy access, you could install automatic water sprayers, or install some ultrasonic deterrents, but if your garden is still the best source of food, they will keep coming no matter what.
I would help your neighbour block up the den with some large patio stones or by pouring concrete into the den, but if their inside at the time it would technically be illegal if someone found out.
Get rid of them ASAP before they make their next den in your attic and destroy your house.
The dog may attack a raccoon, but if it attacks a skunk, you'll be dealing with a large smelly situation in a short order...

Automated (motion sensitive) sprinklers may be a good idea, though. Could also try some predator urine (coyote, etc).

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Somethings as a home owner are just worth the money...
PROFESSIONAL Pest control / eradication would be on that list for me
ESPECIALLY if you are dealing with HORRIDLY SMELLY Skunks

Ya want them gone for good
And gone quickly, with the least issues for you, your family, pets etc
Just pay the fee
It’s worth it in the long run
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We had skunk under my deck. Threw a bunch of mothballs under the deck and they left. Used a whole big box. Apparently they do not like that smell. Smelled like mothballs for a while but a few rains and it went away.
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+1 for the mothballs.

I just had a family of skunks under my front porch and threw in a bag and sealed off the entrances. Haven't seen them or any new holes for a couple weeks now.
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I highly doubt OP will find someone to do this job for free.
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Please make sure they're not in their den/home if you decide to concrete or barricade it up. That's mean.

Agree with previous poster - don't mess around with something like this on your own -hire a professional. I also had a friend that tried to do what you propose - they got sprayed and stunk for months afterwards. It was like that smell was embedded in their skin.
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NickL645 wrote: +1 for the mothballs.

I just had a family of skunks under my front porch and threw in a bag and sealed off the entrances. Haven't seen them or any new holes for a couple weeks now.
Yes, it will create a toxic gas chamber of 1,4-dichlorobenzene, which should drive them away, hopefully not under OP's deck, lol. Other chemicals could also work, just don't use something flammable like gasoline as it would be pretty dangerous.
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That is what I did and it worked. Point a workshop light directly at their den all day long so they can’t sleep. They will leave after a few days.
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hi,

I mentioned a free service as I was advised by someone, that is free; well it looks like it wasn't a correct info.
No, we do not have any pet, and these creature in a corner of my garden.

What is the cost of removing them by a pro?
Also, I will look into other option mentioned here.

Thanks
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A coworker told me he once threw a large pile of really hot peppers under his shed where a family was staying. I guess they ate some and never came back. You Can try that for a few bucks and see how it goes.... good luck
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TomLafinsky wrote: 120V @ 15 amps will do the trick. Connect electric wire into a traditional (not a GFCI) outlet. It will cost you a garbage bag + inexpensive disposal gloves per skunk. Make sure clothing doesn't touch dead skunk.
Great idea! Can you try it on yourself and report back to us? Thanks!
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iflyplanes wrote: Great idea! Can you try it on yourself and report back to us? Thanks!
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TomLafinsky wrote:
120V @ 15 amps will do the trick. Connect electric wire into a traditional (not a GFCI) outlet. It will cost you a garbage bag + inexpensive disposal gloves per skunk. Make sure clothing doesn't touch dead skunk.
iflyplanes wrote:
Great idea! Can you try it on yourself and report back to us? Thanks!
TomLafinsky wrote: Been using this method for 30 years and it works like a charm. Screw two lengths of copper wire about 2" apart to a 2X4 and connect to extension cord. It is FREE except for the garbage bag and the nitrile gloves. Also works with raccoons.
In 30 years, how many animals have you killed?
I think a less fatal method is required. I am pretty sure that you are not allowed to kill the animals.
https://torontolife.com/food/urban-decoder-law-15/
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Trap and release. I do this all the time. After the skunk is trapped, put a blanket over the cage and take it somewhere else, drop him/her off and repeat. Pretty easy and you can do it in a few days. Helps with raccoons as well. Getting sprayed is almost impossible.
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