Skunks are a pretty easy nuisance animal to identify. Their unique characteristics, a white stripe down the back of their black fur and notorious stinky smell, are undeniable. Skunks are nocturnal, so it would not be unusual to smell their unique odor without seeing one. However, if that smell lingers day after day, you might have a resident skunk in your yard that requires skunk removal.
Skunk control should never be attempted by a homeowner. These critters are the most common carriers of rabies in many parts of the country. They also carry diseases such as canine distemper, tularemia, and leptospirosis transmitted through a skunk bite. Pets who come into contact with their spray can carry the scent for days. As skunks forage, they can damage foundations, wiring, and plumbing with the long nails on their feet. In addition, the health risks they pose are reason enough to call in professionals from Critter Control.
Why is a Skunk in My Yard?
Skunks are small, adaptable animals that can thrive in many habitats so long as there is a source of food and water. They’ll create dens in brush piles, tree hollows, and underneath porches and sheds. They do not often enter homes. They are also opportunistic eaters whose diet is varied amongst fruit, plants, insects, worms, grubs, and even small mammals and fish.
Skunk trapping is the tactic used to get rid of skunks on your property. Critter Control technicians can quickly locate a skunk den and use trapping techniques to humanely capture and relocate the skunk in your yard. Critter Control will also repair any damage created by the skunk and get rid of any remaining odor.
Since most lawns contain a wide variety of insects and worms, one of the best ways to deter a skunk from making its home in your yard is to make it difficult for them to find a good place to create a den by adding mesh around structures so they cannot get underneath and keep your yard free of brush.
Skunks are equipped with strong feet and long nails made for digging. They are capable of damaging homes and businesses when burrowing for food or shelter, including damage to foundations, electrical wiring, and plumbing. A skunk’s spray is also capable of ruining outdoor furniture or equipment.
Never attempt to handle a skunk without the help of a professional. Skunks pose a significant threat to your health, pets, and property. These nocturnal pests are the most common carriers of rabies in many parts of the country, and carry diseases such as tularemia, leptospirosis, and canine distemper. These diseases are transmitted through bites and not through a skunk’s spray. A skunk’s sulfuric spray, which is known for its intense odor, is a defense mechanism and only used when a skunk feels cornered or threatened. If you or your pet come in contact with skunk spray, it can cause nausea or vomiting.
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Source: The Handbook: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage - Skunks. James E. Knight, 1994.