Block entry to your yard or potential shelter locations by:
- Installing 1/2 inch galvanized wire mesh that is embedded at least 12 inches into the soil along the base of a fence to prevent skunks from burrowing under the fence to enter your yard
- Installing 1/2 inch galvanized wire mesh that is embedded at least 12 inches into the soil around decks, sheds, and home foundations to prevent skunks from accessing shelter
- Replacing or reinforcing vent screens
- Keeping pet doors secure at night
- Securing outside crawl space doors
Remove potential sources of food including:
- Fallen birdseed
- Fallen fruit
- Pet food left outdoors
By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of rabies transmission by reducing the chance that people or animals come into close contact with skunks.
Request District Service
If, after you have blocked entry points and removed food options, you continue to see skunk activity in your yard, contact the District
. The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) provides the public health service of inspection and assistance for skunks for Contra Costa County residents.
Please note: if you smell a skunk, see a skunk passing through your yard or your pet has been sprayed by a skunk while on your property, this does not necessarily indicate the skunk has taken up residence on your property, and District employees will not attempt to trap or remove it.