How Much Does Skunk Removal Cost?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Updated May 13, 2022
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The average skunk removal cost is around $450

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Skunks are adorable little creatures that come with one downside: their stink that can linger for weeks. If you find these critters living near your home, you may want to relocate them before you get an unwelcome spray (especially since the old myth of tomato sauce removing the stench of skunks isn’t exactly true). The final price for removing a skunk will sit between $300 to $600 depending on how many skunks need a new home and where they’re hiding.

How Much Does Skunk Removal Cost on Average?

A local skunk control company will remove these critters from your property using a humane catch and release method. Skunk removal ends up costing around $450 on average. Most animal control companies will use a combination of cage traps paired with baiting to catch the skunks.

Skunk Removal Cost Breakdown

Beyond the actual removal, you’ll also need to consider repairs for any damage your property received from the skunk itself. If this is a family of skunks, then you’ll need to consider the cost of extra traps or labor to remove them. Where the little stink bugs are hiding will also play a role in the final cost.

Number of Skunks

One skunk is typically one skunk too many, but there’s a good chance that there are multiple who have moved into your home rent-free. For every extra skunk on the property that needs removal, expect to pay around $75 after the first one.

Skunk Location

Skunks love places that offer a lot of protection and warmth, so they tend to favor crawlspaces, decks, patios, or even stairs. They also have great digging paws, so they might burrow underneath the home or a shed if possible. The more difficult it is to reach the skunk, the more labor costs you’re likely going to pay. More difficult situations will likely put the price point on the high end of $600.

Skunk Repairs

If the skunks are hiding underneath a patio, deck, or in a crawlspace, they may cause damage to the area. Animal removal repairs typically cost around $700 if there was any damage to the materials.

Emergency Removal 

If a skunk is trapped or rabid on your property, you’ll need to call in a professional to conduct an emergency removal. The cost of emergency removal services depends on the company’s policy and the timing of your request. Some companies may not charge extra for making an emergency request during business hours, but most specialists tack on an additional fee for after-hours services. In most cases, you can expect to pay an additional $75 to $100 for emergency services.

Dead Skunk Removal 

The smell of a dead skunk will quickly prompt you to hire a removal specialist, and you can expect to pay $150 to $250 for this service. Don’t attempt to remove a dead skunk yourself, as it can be a health hazard. If you’re unsure of the location of the dead skunk, the removal specialist will step in to identify its location.

Skunk Location Costs

There are several places in your home where skunks can hide, but they especially like areas without much foot traffic. Skunks typically create nests in unfinished basements and attics because it’s dark, quiet, and easy to feed on insects. Skunk removal specialists charge more to extract a skunk from difficult-to-reach areas, including crawl spaces and underneath a deck or a porch.

How Much Does Skunk Removal Cost to Do Yourself?

Skunk walks on concrete drive in front of house door
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While DIY skunk removal isn’t recommended because of the risk of a stinky spray, it is possible to find a solution with patience. The method focuses more on waiting until the skunk leaves for the night and then removing access to their current shelter. You’ll want to make sure all skunks are out of the hole before you close it off.

You can do this by using a combination of flour, plywood, and some sandbags, all of which will run you around $100 to $200. The flour goes in front of the entrance of the skunk den so you can see when they’ve left, and then you’ll use the plywood and sandbags to block off the entrance. 

But remember, be careful if you do encounter any skunks, as you run the risk of getting sprayed. Skunk spray isn’t only meant to cause a rancid smell; it also often irritates the skin and can lead to blisters, ulcers, and rashes.

Otherwise, you should call your municipal animal service first. Depending on where you live, they may not charge you for the removal of the skunks. However, you’ll still need to foot the repair bill.

For those in a hurry or are dealing with a family of skunks (otherwise known as a surfeit), you’ll want to call in the pros. They’ll also help you out with preventing another surfeit from making your home their home.

FAQs About Skunk Removal

How do you know if you have skunks?

You can identify the different types of skunks by the markings on their back and tail. Some skunk species have more stripes, while others have more spots.

How do you get the skunk smell out of your home?

Getting rid of the skunk smell in your home is going to take time. A quick rundown of tips includes:

  • Ventilating the home

  • Cleaning yourself, family, and pets

  • Washing or tossing any affected clothes

  • Deep cleaning carpets and furniture

  • Leaving bowls of vinegar around the home

  • Changing out the air filter

  • Deep cleaning hard surfaces such as the floor and countertops

How do you prevent skunks from coming towards your home?

To keep skunks away from your home, you’ll want to take a few precautionary measures. These measures include:

  • Removing food waste from the yard

  • Close off any large holes near decks, patios, or stairs

  • Keep waste sealed in a trash can

  • Leave lights on in your yards

  • Purchase over-the-counter skunk repellents

How do you get a skunk to leave?

There are several easy tactics for getting a skunk to hightail it out of your yard or garden. Try placing orange or lemon peels around your yard, as skunks dislike citrus smells. You can also shine a bright light on your yard or use dog or coyote urine to spook the skunks away.

Should you leave skunks alone?

Skunks eat mice, insects, and other pests, so they’re not the worst neighbors to have. However, because the risk of being sprayed is high, especially for your pets, you should ultimately have skunk families relocated.

Who do you call for skunk removal?

If you spot or smell a skunk in your home, don’t attempt to approach it. Instead, call your local animal control officer, wildlife rehabilitator, or skunk removal specialist to take care of it. 

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