Skunks, raccoons, foxes switch San Jose property into thoroughfare

Expensive JOAN: We have experienced a critter digging below our fence for over 30 a…

Expensive JOAN: We have experienced a critter digging below our fence for over 30 a long time! We recently established up a digicam and uncovered a skunk, who is likely from our yard into the neighbors’. They have a very overgrown property and keep chickens in a coop.

We do not head the skunk but really don’t want the holes below our fence. We had to fence off our patio area 20 several years ago to hold the canine contained, otherwise they could not resist digging at the fence and making the holes larger.

We don’t know what to do. We just cannot ascertain in which it stays and do not want to confine it in our property if it has a nest somewhere else. At first there were two holes, a person on just about every side of the property. We would put rocks and bricks, and these would both be moved or a new hole dug. The gap on the other side of our lawn appears to be to not be energetic any far more.

We considered it was a fox mainly because we discovered light reddish hair. We have also located poop close to our dwelling in the dog location that seems to be like an animal that ate a good deal of berries. We completely cleared out our lawn of ivy and other vegetation and junk — it’s now generally dirt now — and we set up the digital camera.

We would like to have the canines go in the greater yard with out them attempting to look into the gap and dig or test to wiggle beneath the fence. We have tried out repellent but that does not appear to bother the skunk. Ideas?

Sandi Kovach-Very long, San Jose

Dear SANDI: Wow. Your yard seems like a South Bay Serengeti with lots of distinct creatures transferring as a result of. You ought to be having some excellent wildlife movies.

As you have removed the ivy and other vegetation, you possibly really don’t have wildlife residing in your property. You would have noticed indications, even though if you have a deck, raised patio or outbuildings, verify beneath them to see if any critters have moved in. If you are sure absolutely nothing is underneath them, then you won’t have to have to worry about trapping any wildlife in your garden when you close up the entrance beneath the fence.

The simplest way to shut down the thoroughfare is to install a weighty wire mesh — hardware cloth is an excellent choice — at the entrance. Bury it two feet down and protected the prime component of the mesh to the fence, blocking the entrance and blocking nearly anything from tunneling less than it.

Though you are at it, you could as perfectly do the whole fence simply because critters can be persistently pernicious, and if they just can’t get as a result of in one particular spot, they’ll dig in a different.