I have a decent-sized shed on my property, and am concerned about skunks
living underneath it.
It is sitting on top of cinder blocks, and some long pieces of wood. I
am not sure just what type of wood, etc., as I can't see much underneath it.
It is best to just leave it open (opening is small enough that my 5 lb.
Yorkie can't get underneath it), or enclose it with more cinder blocks.
I am not too worried about termites as the shed is sitting on top of
I have been searching the internet and am still not sure what to do.
As to screening, I was told by my local
Animal Control to use the 1/2" hardware
cloth screening. They told me to attach
it to the structure, mine was a concrete
stoop where the skunk were digging under
the stoop. Then, and most importantly,
the hardware cloth should go vertically
down underground about 1/2 foot and then
90 degrees out for at lease a foot or 2.
I did this. I didn't want to drill
and screw the hardware cloth into the
concrete, so I just made a 90 degree
piece, 6" vertical and about a foot
horizontal. The soil held it nicely in
place. The next day, the skunk dug in
about 4 different places and when
encountering the hardware cloth, moved
on. Solved the problem; that was
probably 15 years ago.
Something to think about....if you have racoons in the area, they could
bite and claw their way thru the siding. That's what they did to my shed.
They also tried it on the house, but the house shingles are stronger. But
they did manage to do a bit of damage to the surface.
We blocked it going up the side of the shed with screening. Then it's
folded near the ground and extends away from the shed for a few feet.
My husband built a fake foundation with cement blocks. It's been that
way for years and it tricks animals who think they can't get in there.
Because it's not right next to the shed, but out away from it. I guess
they can't get close enough to know there is someplace for digging
under. There is screening and framing
to the top of the blocks. They are part way in the ground. What
happened is a electric company guy stepped on the screening when it was
covered in snow. We didn't know it and the raccoons began to try and
break into the shed.
On the other hand if you leave them alone they'll leave you alone.
I've had skunks living under my shed for years. They mind their own
business and for all it's worth make better neighbors than some of
the people in the area.
Yorkie will eventually figure it out, both my dogs have been sprayed a
couple of times. They leave the skunks alone now.
I live in an area with lot's of wildlife. I'm as likely to find a bear
or a deer in my yard as a skunk.
The critters were here before me and will still be here when I'm gone.
I made a deal with Mother Nature before I started building. I'll only
take what I need and leave the rest for her. She rewards me constantly.
Sorry to say this but you people living in manicured HOA ghettos,
knee deep in every poison available don't have a clue.
Don't skunks transmit rabies and other diseases?
They used to do a good job tearing up my yard before
I was forced to use grub control poison. Not something
I prefer living near me and I'm sure that's the way most feel.
I understand where you are coming from.
My little dog is only five pounds, and it would just take one time and
the skunk could drag her off. That is what I have heard anyway.
I would be heartbroken if that happened, knowing that I could have done
something about it.
Last time I saw him was 31 years ago and I wish I had a descendant
of my dog. I raised him from a pup and he was a great dog. You can
call my mother names but don't dis my dog. In fact, if someone calls
me SOB, I ask, "How do you know my mother, where did you meat her?"
I've got cats as well as dogs, nobody's ever got dragged away by
anything. Falling back on my experience living in the city I know that
pets are far more likely to be harmed by your neighbors than any of
the wildlife around here whether it be by attack or disease.
I walk with my dogs for at least an hour and a half every day. Our
last walk of the day is usually around midnight. I've been less than a
stones throw from every critter in the area. Wolves, and bears
included. I feel safer with them than I would with some of the
screwballs that frequent this newsgroup. You can bet there's a few
like them within a stones throw of your house. If there was any harm
done around your place by a skunk I'll lay odds it would be done by
the two legged variety.
Give your four legged visitors a little respect, they'll return it.
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