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What’s That Smell?

A skunk in a pile of orange leaves

You already know the answer - SKUNKS!

Skunks are on the move right now. Babies are old enough to be frolicking about, with or without their mum. They know the weather is changing and are looking for a cozy place to call home for the winter.

While they are generally harmless to humans, they can be a nuisance to your property. Skunks love to den underneath structures like your shed or deck. They also feed on grubs which can be plentiful in (and harmful to) your yard.

Sometimes skunks are transient - they don’t live on your property but they frequent it, digging for food or digging underneath your fence to get around. They are clumsy and often get trapped in window wells.

For issues with your lawn, we recommend contacting a lawn care company to treat for grubs.

For issues with skunks frequenting or living on your property, contact a professional. Once we have all the necessary information, we will let you know the different options. If you have a skunk trapped in your window well, place a sturdy wide board so it can climb out.

If the skunk is on public property, please call your local animal control. If you suspect a skunk has been abandoned, injured or is sick, call a rescue - unfortunately these types of issues are out of our scope. Head to for more information.

As always, here are our top DIY deterrents for skunks!

  1. Ultrasonic sound devices - placed near active areas

  2. Unpleasant scent like ammonia

These solutions are both safe & effective. However - if all else fails - call us!

Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services Southern Ontario including Woodstock, Tillsonburg, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford and surrounding areas.

Phone: (519) 421-2677

Text: (289) 987-0390



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