how to get a skunk out of your garage

How to Get a Skunk Out of Your Garage

How Do You Get a Skunk Out of Your Garage?

To safely remove a skunk from your garage, open all doors and windows to provide an escape route, and use lights to encourage it to leave, as skunks prefer darkness. Avoid direct interaction and consider using gentle repellents like a mild ammonia solution to encourage the skunk to exit. If the skunk doesn’t leave on its own, contact a wildlife removal professional for safe and humane removal.

For more on this topic, and a quide to helping make sure they don’t come back keep reading.

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Skunks in Your Garage can Be a Problem

We certainly do not want wild animals in our home, especially skunks! While these are fairly gentle creatures, we do not want to encounter one in our garage and get sprayed— or have them spray the space, either. After all, we are well aware that the stink of skunk spray is not an easy one to get rid of.

It would be better to avoid the issue entirely, or at least safely get rid of the skunk in your garage without incident. Keep reading for some tips on how you can get rid of a skunk who has tried to take up residence in your garage. 

Remove Food Sources

If you have discovered a skunk is living in your garage, one of the first action steps you should take is to remove any possible food sources in the space. This is likely why the skunk has entered your garage in the first place— if you remove the food source, the skunk may opt to leave on its own, as the garage is no longer as hospitable to them.

Some possible food sources for the skunk are garbage, pet food, or human food that you are keeping in your garage. Leave the door open and the skunk may leave on its own afterwards!

Locate Their Shelter

Another important thing to do is locate the shelter of the skunk. It will likely be hiding or creating a den, rather than just hanging out in the open space of your garage. If you locate where they are hiding, you can remove the hiding place or target it with repellants— which we will go over further below.

One of the potential shelters your skunk may be using is any piles of firewood you are keeping in the garage, as they like to live in wood piles in the wild, too. Holes in the foundation or dark, narrow spaces are also good shelters for a skunk.

Use Smell

Ironically, skunks are deterred by certain smells. You can take advantage of this in order to safely get a skunk out of your garage. One of the repellants that works well against skunks is kitty litter.

Plus, this is one that you may have in your home already! Other scents that deter skunks include ammonia, citrus, and mothballs. Spread these smells around the garage, and especially near the skunk’s shelter, if you know where that is.

Relocate the Skunk

You may need to use traps and relocate the skunk in your garage if nothing else is working. In this case, be sure that you are getting a humane trap. Then, you can bring them to a natural area and release them. It is also wise to think about contacting a professional instead of trying to do this yourself— especially if you are nervous about dealing with a wild animal or afraid that you will get sprayed!

There are plenty of services that will humanely trap and relocate wild animals such as skunks or squirrels that are trying to make a home inside your space.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get a skunk to leave?

Skunks can be a very unwelcome guest in your home. Not only are they wild animals, but if you scare them, they may spray! So you may wonder how you can get a skunk to leave your space without scaring them.

Skunks are deterred by certain odors, so you can use these to make the space inhospitable to the skunks and to convince them to leave. Some of the smells skunks dislike include mothballs, citrus, and ammonia. You should also remove all food sources for the skunk from this area, as this may be one of the reasons the skunk has entered your home in the first place.

What do you do if a skunk is in your garage?

If a skunk is in your garage, you need to remember not to try and scare the skunk, or to show that you are a threat or a predator to them. This will likely just end in you getting sprayed, and nobody wants that! Instead, try and keep the garage door open so that the skunk can wander back out, just as they may have wandered in in the first place.

You can open the door at dusk, and they may leave in the evening since they are nocturnal animals. This is one of the easy ways to get rid of a skunk, without investing in other solutions. 

Where do skunks hide in the garage?

There are several places that a skunk can hide in your garage once they have entered. They may have wandered in in search of food, or they could have entered the garage because they were looking for shelter. Skunks can live or hide in holes that are under the garage, as well as small, dark, and narrow areas like crawl spaces.

It is important to locate the skunk in your garage so that you can remove their source of shelter safely, and hopefully convince them to leave. Wood piles are another common hiding place for skunks, so if you store your firewood in the garage, this is another area where you should check for hiding skunks. 

How do you scare a skunk away without spraying it?

When you are dealing with a skunk, you do not want to scare it or startle it, because it could spray you or your space— which puts you in a stinky situation! One way to get rid of a skunk is to use repellants, which can be put inside the space and placed near the den or shelter of the skunk.

An example of one of these repellants is kitty litter, which is easy to acquire! Commercial or homemade capsaicin is another repellant that works well for deterring skunks. You could also use certain scents that skunks do not like, such as citrus or mothballs. It’s ironic, but skunks are particular about scents, too!