Bait is very important! Thankfully, skunks have a few favorites that are easy for you to try. They seem to love peanut butter on bread, cat food, bacon, sardines, and even beetles, but these can be hard work as they will often scamper away!
Skunks are omnivores, and scavengers. You can bait a trap with any sort of food, and it'll work. That said, there are two
For best success, use meat-based baits. Cat food or dog food is good, and wet is better than dry.
Avoid Stray Cats:
If stray cats are a concern, then you may want to skip the meat baits, especially cat food. In this case, use breads or sweets. Marshmallows work great.
Skunks are helpful creatures, despite the fact that they stink when they spray, and can cause havoc in your garden when it comes to things like garbage cans and leftover food from your cat or dog. These cute little creatures, (come on, we all remember the adorable skunk from Bambi!) actually help to remove other pests and insects from your garden, such as those that eat your beautiful flowers, but the problem often arises when they decide to dig holes in your beautifully landscaped yard, or burrow around your property to make a new home.
If you want to make sure that a skunk is causing the problems you see around your home and yard, you should first learn how to identify the common signs of a skunk. As well as the foul scent that we often associate with the animal, you will also find burrowing is a problem. Usually this will occur around your home, porches, and even smack bang in the middle of your yard. The burrows around your home will be for shelter, but the ones around your lawn will be the creature looking for bugs and grubs. On top of this, you will find that the droppings they leave behind are often a clear indication of a skunk problem – they will often have parts of bugs left behind in them, and will be somewhat large; usually around two inches long, and half an inch thick.
In order to successfully trap a skunk, you have to move carefully. The animal will spray when scared, which often makes it difficult for a person to move the trap once the animal has been caught in order to release it into the wild. Once the animal is safely in the trap, you will want to throw an old sheet or blanket over it, and pick it up incredibly carefully, as so not cause a scare. The good news is if you get a trap that is still large enough to trap the animal without causing it harm, but small enough that it cannot move around or lift its tail, you won’t get sprayed on. Just a little tip for you!
When it comes to picking a trap, you will often have a large number to choose from, especially if you take a peek on the internet. There are large ones, small ones, ones with one door, ones with two doors, different mechanisms, and much more besides. Ideally, you will want to do your research first. There are a few tips that you can use to make it easier, of course:
Try to camouflage the trap as best as you can. These animals aren’t stupid; they aren’t just going to walk into a trap without a care in the world. Twigs and leaves can help with this, and you can even throw a bunch of dirt on and around it to make it easier. You will often find that an older, more used-looking trap will often do the job better than a brand new, shiny silver one.
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