Grand Rapids Skunk Removal Resources

Skunk Rehabber - Wildlife Rehab Center: (616) 361-6109

Free Kent County Animal Services: (616) 632-7300

Wildlife Trapping by DJ's Wildlife Removal: 616-723-8011


If you need skunk control in Grand Rapids, you have a few options. First, you can attempt to solve the skunk problem yourself by reading our do-it-yourself guide. If you need outside help, you can also call Kent County Animal Services to see if they have any free resources or help for you - however, they primarily deal with dog and cat concerns. You can also call a local Grand Rapids wildlife rehabber, as they are typically a great resource for advice that is in the best welfare of the animal. If as a last resort you must hire a professional company, we recommend DJ's Wildlife Removal in Grand Rapids.



In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Grand Rapids skunk problem - keep garbage secured, pet food indoors, and most of all when it comes to skunks, secure the perimeter of your shed, porch, deck, or house with a barrier - lattice or steel mesh is good, and it keeps Michigan skunks from going under the structure. If trapping and removal of the skunk is the only option you have, please do so with the help of a local agency or professional company who knows how to do it humanely and legally. Browse the resources of this site for more educational information.

Grand Rapids Skunk Control Information: How to keep skunks out of my garbage cans

Skunks may be pretty and furry; on the other hand, they can be nasty nuisances. Seeing garbage scattered from corner to corner of your yard or driveway every single morning is a sign that you have a skunk invading your trash cans. Here is some of the step to follow to keep skunks out of my garbage cans

Lock up your Garbage Cans

Skunks are omnivores; therefore, they will consume both plants as well as meat. As natural rummagers, they are drawn to the thrown away foods in your filled trash cans. Skunks are very dexterous. Therefore they can only poke your nose in off a lid. Make sure your garbage can lids are firmly closed avoid this. Secure a bungee string through the holders of the cover to grip it in place, or set a concrete block on top of the cover to make it difficult for skunks to take away.

A Skunk follows the smell of the garbage

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The smell of your garbage attracts skunks; therefore, it is important to put your left-overs in a double bag to reduce the smell. You can also Pour some small amount of ammonia on your trash, or spread mothballs all over the place outside of your garbage cans to discourage animals from getting too close. This is because ammonia and mothballs are two traces that are unfriendly to skunks.

Skunks do not like the flavor of almost every type of profitable repellent product. Therefore Sprinkling Skunks repellent around your garbage cans will keep them out of your trash can. If you do not want to apply repellent particles, you can make use of hot pepper or CP/cayenne pepper as an alternative. Other appropriate repellents consist of oil of mustard as well as naphtha flakes. When using some of these repellents, it is always good to consult your local regulations since use of some repellent is not allowed

Scaring off Skunks is another step

Skunks are of the night animals, so they hang around at night. Therefore, you can stop skunks using motion detection lights or sprayers that are triggered by a measuring device. Keeping your garbage can area luminously lit with flood lights could also be a preventive to skunks.

You can also put your garbage cans in a protected bin zone or other enclosure, like inside a shed, lower ground floor or garage. Where no animal can enter without somebody opening a door, so the garbage cans will be left without interruption