I saw a skunk and her litter leave my front porch deck as I was working the bees the other day. I did see a skunk go into the deck area a day before.
I have a crawl space under my front deck and have had mostly ground hogs to run off since I bought the place. I travel so I am only there 3 days per week. My location is rural, no neighbors within sight and the closest is about 1/2 mile away.
I turned on all the porch lights 24/7 and will install some solar motion lights this weekend. I also put down 10 boxes/pounds of moth balls on top of the deck. Will drill some holes in the floorboards so they drop to the surface this weekend.
Has anyone got any passive ways to run them off. I know I can trap and/or shoot them but there are downsides to both. I don't see poison as an option, yet.
I know skunks are beneficial to the ecosystem and have their place in nature, just not under my deck.
I have installed a gamecam to see if she is eating my bees and so far I have no evidence of it, the hives are 18" off the ground.