How to Get Rid of Skunks Under a Shed

Skunks are very interesting and unique creatures. They are more abundant in most areas from about February to May because they come out to breed. The young are typically born between May and June. Generally, skunks are nocturnal creatures.

Skunks can get underneath a shed.

At any time of year, but particularly when they are more abundant, you may notice that skunks have been hiding underneath your shed. You can do several things to help get rid of the skunks humanely.

  1. Go inside the shed several times a day and make some noise. This will discourage the skunks from making the shed their home because it will give the illusion of danger.

  2. Tune a radio to a talk station. Place it inside the shed near where you believe the skunks are staying or coming in. This gives the illusion that people are in the shed.

  3. Create a natural skunk repellent by adding one chopped yellow onion, one chopped jalapeno pepper and 1 tbsp. of cayenne pepper to 2 quarts of water in a large cooking pot. Boil the mixture for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool completely before straining out the solid contents.

  5. Fill a spray bottle with the skunk repllent you made and spray it all around your shed, especially in areas where you believe the skunks are coming in. Wait until nighttime to do this when you believe the skunks are not under the shed. Otherwise, it could deter them from coming out.


It is illegal to harm or kill wildlife in some areas. Do not harm the skunks. If there are babies that are too small to leave on their own under your shed, contact your wildlife department or animal shelter immediately. Do not attempt to remove them.