I noticed today that an animal has dug the dirt/grass and gotten under the
back yard deck. it has made a tunnel on two sides of the deck. the
skirting around the deck is wooden boards about 1X4".
I would like to get some suggestions about how to go about stopping the
animal ( I think it must be a skunk ), because there are holes dug all over
the back grass. I live in Southern Ontario and the weather is getting
colder, and maybe the animal is trying to stake out a place for the winter?
All help appreciated. Thanks.
If they have a tunnel already dug I think it's safe to say they already staked a
One way to get them out from under is to soak rags with ammonia and stick them
under the deck. Once you are sure they are gone I'd get chicken mesh or hardware
cloth and place it all around the base and into the ground a ways to keep them or
others from returning.
Or you can wait for him to leave, as they are nocturnal and go out and about
most every night. To make sure the skunk is gone, sprinkle flour at the opening
to his lair, then get up in the middle of the night and if you see footprints
going out, but not returning, you can block up his entry.
Our county animal control people loan out the type of trap that cages, but
does not injure the critter. If you catch something, you call them and they
come remove the animal from the trap and take it away, no charge. Maybe you
have the same type of service available.
It is possible that the hole under the deck was dug by a woodchuck. But
woodchucks and skunks have been known to den together. Although, if you
do not smell anything, it could be a raccoon or porcupine.
Any of those critters (except skunk) you could have for supper (tastes
like pork). I had barbequed raccoon at a fine restaurant.
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