Skunk Removal and Prevention

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Skunks are common wildlife in San Diego. The striped skunk with its white stripe the length of its back, and unforgiving odor may be one of the most recognizable animals.

Skunks forage at night, entering yards and digging small shallow holes in search of  grubs  and worms. Often entering sheds and garages looking for a safe place to sleep during the day, they also entering crawl spaces and basements through unsecured openings. Such behavior is common practice for skunks.

Wildlife Removal Services can handle all your skunk removal, skunk trapping, and skunk control and prevention needs. Through proper methods of humane skunk removal, secure exclusion, and proper cleanup. Our technicians have the wildlife experience and necessary tools to humanely and safely perform San Diego skunk control services.

We have been providing skunk removal throughout San Diego county for years, and have specialized methods of removing skunks with little to no odor. We can also perform repairs on your home to prevent skunks from reentering.  All of our repairs come with a 1 year warranty with extended warranties available.

At Wildlife Removal Services we offer complete skunk removal including :

  • Skunk trapping and eviction
  • Secure repairs and animal exclusion
  • Proper cleanup and disinfecting services


Fish and Game regulations prohibit the relocation of skunks and other wildlife without written permission of the Department of Fish and Game. The prevalence of rabies in the skunk population is one of several major reasons for denying relocation.

Control and Prevention

Recognizing skunk activity is the first step. Possibly barking dogs, or detecting a faint smell of a skunk.Modifying habitat is a good first step. Cutting back vegetation, reducing food sources from falling fruit from trees, and removing outdoor pet food in the evening.


The best solution for skunk control is to identify openings under buildings and porches and block them off. Possible entrances under homes, porches, decks, and sheds should be screened with a 1/4” galvanized hardware cloth. Skunks will try hard to get back in so make sure that the mesh is well secured. If there is dirt underneath the entrances make sure to bury the wire 6 inches or more.

wet-skunk-in-grassIf the skunks have made their burrow under a building the animals must first be removed or evicted from the space, before the exclusion can be done. Typical methods of skunk control are Skunk Trapping, or the use of one-way doors to allow the skunks to leave but not reenter.

Individuals who have no experience trapping skunks should hire a professional wildlife control operator. Professionals have the experience and all the necessary equipment to trap and dispatch the animal. An experienced trapper is also much less apt to be sprayed, an event to be avoided if at all possible. Skunks cannot be relocated without a permit.

Odor removal

If your dog or cat has confronted a skunk, call your veterinarian to determine current recommendations for washing the animal to get rid of skunk odor.

A home remedy formulation reported by some to be effective is as follows:

  • 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap

Contact Wildlife Removal Services for all of your skunk control / prevention needs. We specialize in skunk removal, skunk eviction, and skunk exclusion repairs. We follow all state and federal laws regarding the control and prevention of skunks on your home or business.