Lakeland Skunk Removal Resources

Skunk Rehabber - All Creatures Wildlife Control: (863) 660-0985

Free Polk County Animal Services: 863-499-2600

Wildlife Trapping by Expel Wildlife Solutions: 863-232-5058


If you need skunk control in Lakeland, 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 Polk 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 Lakeland 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 Expel Wildlife Solutions in Lakeland.



In many cases, preventative measures can solve your Lakeland 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 Florida 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.

Lakeland Skunk Control Information: Do skunks dig in lawns looking for food?

Skunk is a burrower naturally and if you find small holes in the yard, it is an indication that the skunk is getting food from your yard. They can dig deep hole near the home or structures to turn them into their shelter. The easy way to know that you have got a skunk is by its musk. They are known for their spray which is the concentrated version of the musk while at the same time, it has unmistakable smell.

Skunks are attracted to freshly laid or planted lawns. They will make cone shaped holes in the sod when they stick the snout in the ground. The skunk wants to get grubs so they will roll the grass and dig the lawn. When the soil gets dry, grubs go deeper and the skunk will also dig deeper.

When the skunk digs to get food, they will leave some conical holes that are about 3 inches around. It is like if you have stuck a pencil in the earth and swirled around it. Their entrance of their burrows may be a size of a grapefruit. You will start to see some pebble around the front when the skunks are found in your yard. They will also dig under the porches, sheds and decks.

If you want to avoid the skunks in your home, the first step is to know why they choose to come into your home in the first place. Wild animals want to get shelter, water and food. They will dig your yard when they find food there or a shelter. You can be feeding skunk unintentionally when you have open garbage cans, when you have an open air composite pile or if you are feeding your pets outside.

To avoid skunks in the yard, you may stop watering for sometime so that the grubs reduce or you can use ammonia around the yard and put them in old t-shirt to help in holding the smell for some time. To achieve maximum effectiveness, you have to place some around a yard. Keep in mind that the deterrents that work with one type of animal may not with others. If you think that the skunks also live on the property, you can use shine lights and radio station to deter them. When you have done everything for reducing the attractants, you should wait for some time to see if the skunks will keep away