Skunks roaming our backyards can be a real headache during the warmer months. We’ve all heard stories about getting sprayed by one and it does not sound fun. The awful stench is nearly impossible to get off your clothes and skin (yuck!). Luckily, there’s a quick and cheap solution to get rid of skunks with something we usually toss in the trash: citrus peels.
The tip comes from gardening expert Heather Rhoades of Gardening Know How, who explains that skunks hate the acidic smell of citrus fruits, so placing orange or lemons peels around your yard acts as a natural skunk repellent.
This hack might sound a little weird at first, but critters like skunks are attracted to the smell from your garden, leftover food in the outside trash can, and compost piles. It’s hard to keep them away once they feel like your yard is an all-you-can-eat buffet, but the strong scent of citrus peels should make them choose a different dining spot.
Simply save any leftover lemon halves in a plastic bag after you’ve made a salad dressing or marinade with them. The same goes for fresh orange peels after you enjoy the fruit as a snack. Keep them in the fridge and when you’ve gathered a good amount, scatter them outside to keep those skunks away.
The heat outside can cause peels to dry out and lose some of their acidity after about two or three days, so be sure to replace them often. It’s definitely worth giving it a shot to make sure your patio area isn’t full of unwanted (and smelly) guests this summer!
If you’re also looking to steer away deer, try tying a few bars of Irish Spring soap (Buy on Amazon, $12.99) to string and hang them around your garden. Skunks don’t seem to be a fan of this strong scent, either, so it works to keep them both away. Again, just remember to switch out the bars of soap if you notice the aroma starting to fade.
Whichever way you go, you’ll have a cheap, safe, and reliable way to ensure your backyard remains a relaxing spot to soak up the sun!
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