Encountering a skunk is never fun for you, your family, or your pets. You can’t try to scare the skunk, because it could spray everyone. You have to avoid the skunk, because it could carry rabies. If you’ve been having trouble with skunks on your property, there are steps you can take to prevent them. The skunk removal experts at Animal Remover discuss plants in your yard that keep skunks away from your garden, home, or property.
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Skunks like to eat summer squash once they ripen in the summer. However, the leaves of squash plants have tiny hairs on them that irritate the feet of skunks when they walk on the plant. Squash plants spread out and provide excellent ground cover against skunks. It’s an annual plant that requires replanting every year, and skunk removal experts can show you the best place to plant summer squash.
Crown imperial — Fritillaria imperialis — blooms in the spring. Its musky odor repels skunks. Crown imperial creates impressive blooms thanks to its bell-shaped flowers, colored red, yellow and orange. These perennial plants come from bulbs, so they don’t need replanting every year. The bulbs are stinky, which means crown imperial plants serve as skunk repellents all year long as part of skunk removal.
Be careful with stinging nettle. The leaves have sharp, pointy hairs on them. When the hairs break off, they produce a liquid that causes burning and stinging on the skin. Keep young children away from stinging nettle, so they don’t accidentally get the liquid on their skin. Despite the dangers, stinging nettle is very effective against skunks, especially in remote areas of your property when you want skunk removal.
Thick and Thorny Hedges
Hedges are plants that form a wall-like structure because the plants grow together. Tall, thick hedges can prevent skunks from intruding in your yard, and thorny hedges work best. Try growing an ordinary hedge and then intertwining holly plants with them. Holly leaves are prickly and may deter skunks. Oregon grape plants, or Mahonia, also have very prickly thorns on the ends of their leaves. You could shape Oregon grape plants into a hedge on their own for skunk removal. The difficulty with hedges is that they take a long time to grow and take shape.
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Skunk Removal From Animal Remover
Talk to the skunk removal experts at Animal Remover if you suspect a skunk is in on your property. We can trap and remove any skunks that may be invading your yard or garden, and we can give you tips about preventing skunks in the future. Contact Animal Remover or call (513) 324-9453 for more information.