With the right gear and technique you can remove a nuisance skunk without getting sprayed. After running an animal removal service for the last decade I have had the task of removing hundreds of skunks and when using the system outlined below I have never been on the receiving end of a stinkin’ skunk spray.
Removing A Skunk Without Getting Sprayed
You can get an unwanted skunk out for less than hiring a pro. With a relatively small investment you can take care of a nuisance skunk quickly and odor free. Another benefit of doing it yourself is that you will have the tools and skill to take care of any future skunk invasions. And if you live in an area where you see one skunk, you will likely see more in the future. Get the following gear and use my system to get a skunk out of your home and property quick.
What You Need
The best trap I have found for dispatching skunks is the Williams 12″ x 12″ x 30″ cage trap. The only alteration needed is to cut one of the back squares off, which will let you insert a pole syringe.
A pole syringe can be bought or made. They are not that expensive so if DIY isn’t your thing just buy one.
To make a simple pole syringe at home take an empty 2 liter bottle with a cap, a broom handle, a few small finishing nails, and a 12cc syringe.
Take a hacksaw and remove the threads from where the cap screws on. Place the threads on the broom handle and secure them with the finishing nails.
Next cut a hole in the middle of the cap that is big enough for the syringe tip to fit through. Just don’t make the hole too big so the syringe doesn’t stay put.
Get either 16 gauge 3/4″ or 16 gauge 1″ needles for the syringe.
To assemble simply screw the cap and plunger on the broom handle and place the syringe tube on the plunger and you are ready to go.
You will also need bait to attract the skunk to your trap. The best baits I’ve found are sweet pastes. They attract skunks well but don’t attract the local stray cats. You will need to smear the paste on a stick that is pushed through the top of the cage so it hangs all the way inside.
Setting Up Your Trap
You will need to set your trap on level ground to ensure it closes properly. Before baiting the trap, trigger it to ensure it closes properly when triggered.
Once you know it is working properly set your trap with the bait inside.
Important: Do not cover your trap in any way
Some pros recommend covering the trap but you risk startling the skunk (and getting sprayed) when the cover is removed.
At this point you just need to check your trap regularly until you catch the skunk.
How To Ethically Dispatch A Skunk Without Getting Sprayed
To dispatch the skunk you will need to fill your pole syringe with either dimethyl ketone (acetone) or pure grain alcohol. Both are effective and inexpensive.
Using your pole syringe you will inject the skunk behind the shoulder if at all possible. If the skunk refuses to turn away from you, the next best spot is the heart which is between the front two legs.
It is very important to approach a trapped skunk with caution
Before approaching the skunk make sure they see you from a safe distance. At first the skunk will likely make threatening gestures like lifting their tail or stomping.
Do not make any sudden moves at this time. Stand your ground and slowly approach the trapped skunk. Take your time.
Once you are near the skunk and they are no longer gesturing lightly tap the top of the cage to better acquaint your presence to the skunk.
Now I slowly but confidently move the syringe into place and gently nudge them into position for the injection.
Once they are in place I inject the syringe in the previously described location and inject the contents until empty. I then remove the pole slowly.
The effects of the injection happen fast and the skunk will be dispatched in a few minutes.
Once dispatched I place the skunk in a plastic bag for disposal. These steps have never failed in getting rid of a skunk without being sprayed. The key is to have the right tools and strategy to get the job done quick and efficiently.
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