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Skunk Removal & Control

Signs that you may have a skunk on your property:

Skunk

  1. You smell something pungent. When a skunk chooses a place to call home, whether it’s underneath a shed, patio or deck and even in a crawl space or deserted den left by another animal he / she will mark their newly conquered territory. The scent left behind will be a potent, musky smell and is definitely recognizable. This is usually the first sign of a skunk being present that most homeowners become aware of.
  2. Another sign that a skunk may be on your property are the cone shaped mounds of dirt in the lawn. Skunks are great diggers and love to dig in search for one of their favorite snacks, grubs. Grubs are little insects that live in the lawn and which skunks find quite tasty. They’ll often dig long, narrow burrows in search for these bugs leaving piles of dirt behind. However, skunks also like to dine on various other animals and insects as well such as ants, lizards, snakes, spiders, toads, various rodents, other dead animals, and bird’s eggs. They’re omnivores and will pretty much eat anything, even trash.

    One way to ensure that skunks won’t happily picnic in your lawn is to
    have it professionally treated for pests. Not only will your landscape be pest free and green but treating it will get rid of the grubs as well as other insects like red ants and chinch bugs, and will also save you a lot of money later from having to replace your turf due to damage.

  3. If you see the same skunk on your property more than once or hear any odd noises coming from a shed, underneath a deck, patio or crawlspace. Skunks, are just like any other animal and want to feel safe and secure. Hiding places around human’s properties provide them with a comfortable shelter to sleep and raise their young. If you’re hearing any sort of noises coming from any of these areas or any other holes, DO NOT try to remove the animal yourself. Call a professional at once.
  4. Skunks are also crepuscular animals, meaning that they come out during twilight hours (dusk and dawn). However, a momma skunk will come out during the daylight to find food for her young. Skunks are not scared of the light and seeing one during the day DOES NOT mean that it’s rabid. However, skunks usually rest during the day and are up and about during twilight. This is the time of day when you’ll more than likely see or hear them if they are living on your property.

Skunk Odor:

If you’ve never been sprayed by a skunk before then you’re very lucky. It’s true, skunks will
“spray” ONLY if they feel a potential threat is extremely close to them. Skunks are very nearsighted
and usually won’t even see a person walking by them. It’s only if and when a person, dog or other animal comes too close and won’t back up will they get showered by the skunk. However, skunks do try to warn their victims first by
performing the usual “skunk ritual” of stomping their feet, doing short charges towards you,
hissing, showing their teeth and sometimes even doing hand stands!! Wow! What more does a person need to take a hint and get the heck out of there?! If the hand stands don’t work, then it’s go time! Used as a last resort, the skunk will turn around in a U-Shape, lift their tails and spray, leaving their stunned live bull’s eye startled, stinky and doused in a foul smelling cloud of musky funk! But hey, you can’t say they didn’t warn you first.
They’re great shots too and rarely ever miss their targets. They can quickly and can accurately spray up to 15 feet, and reach lengths of up to 25 ft. They’re like little striped ninjas; before you can turn and run away you’re already hit! Just ask any dog that’s ever been brave enough to have a close encounter.

Here’s a Tip:

Skunks are docile creatures and just want to be left alone to look for bugs in the grass. More than likely, they’ll eat and move on. However, if they feel threatened then they will defend themselves. If you ever come into contact with a skunk on your property we recommend to first, remain calm, try not to startle it and DO NOT walk up
to and / or attempt to capture it on your own. If you do, you may be very sorry, for a long time. The liquid that skunks spray is actually an oily secretion from their anal gland area. This oil contains concentrated sulfur compounds. If left to settle into fabrics, such as sofas, bedding or clothes, it can even last for up to 3 years! As you may know, the smell of sulfur is usually compared to that of rotten eggs.However, some victims recall being sprayed with a pungent substance that smelled more like the combination of heavy garlic and rotten eggs mixed together. Yuck! Either way, trust us, a skunk’s spray is not an aroma that you’ll want to emanate as you runyour errands around town. Not only will you smell horrible butyour friends and family will avoid you at all cost. Even your pets will love you from afar. So your best bet is to just leave the skunk alone and if you think that it’s living on your property,call us so we can professionally remove it for you.

Do Skunk Carry Diseases?

RABIES: Though skunks CAN carry rabies, it does not mean that they are the number one carrier of the disease. Actually, because so many animals in the wild avoid skunks in fear of being sprayed, such as bears, it is more likely that the skunk you see passing in your lawn does not have the disease. However, it is NEVER wise to go near or touch a wild animal. All wild animals have the potential to carry deadly diseases and may also bite or attack if threatened.

OTHER DISEASES and insects that skunks may carry are roundworm, distemper, canine hepatitis, fleas, ticks, lice and mites. Because of this, your pets can be at danger for a plethora of diseases that can be transferred through a bite from any of the insects listed above or from going near any feces that are left behind from a skunk, such as roundworm. These diseases can be potentially deadly to pets and humans alike.

It is very important that if any wildlife has been harboring in or on your property that you have the areas properly and professionally cleaned from a wildlife removal expert. Sanitization is of the utmost importance to prevent insect infestation and the spreading of diseases.

PLEASE SEE OUR DISEASE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

How Heron Pest and Wildlife Solutions Can Help:

Heron Pest and Wildlife Solutions provides full service animal removal and exclusion programs. Our technicians are professionally trained to carefully, safely and humanely remove any skunks that are found on your property.

We will walk the property to look for any signs of entry points around the home, will search any sheds, under any decks or patios, look in any play houses and garages and any other areas where skunks like to hide. If we find any skunks on your property, our technicians will follow all the proper measures to make sure that each animal and their young are properly trapped and able to be safely transported to a secure space for a proper release back into the wild.

Our technicians will then proceed with the exclusion part of our process by repairing any holes and /or openings
in walls or compromised areas where the skunks were able to enter.

If chosen, we will then do a follow up pest control treatment to have the area where the animal was living, properly treated for fleas and ticks. We will also take precautionary measures and treat the inside of your home as well as the outside perimeter of the home for fleas and ticks as well.

We also offer a wildlife plan that includes a quarterly visit from our technician to check the property for any new potential entry points on your property. We will also revisit any crawl spaces and check any areas that any wildlife would be able to nest in. If needed, we will provide you with recommendations for ways to keep your home wildlife free in the future.

What happens after the skunk is removed from my property; and how do I get rid of the odor?

If a skunk has sprayed anywhere on your property, if your pet has been sprayed and if your home has been affected by the odor, our technicians will provide you with options and ways for scent removal and cleaning. We have a variety of options to help homeowners eliminate these odors. We understand the urgency in the matter and will work quickly to have the issue resolved. We also recommend immediately taking any pets that have been sprayed to their veterinarian / groomer and following their proper cleansing procedures.

Interesting Skunk Facts:

  • Baby skunks are called kittens and don’t venture outside until they’re around 5 – 6 weeks old. Once Momma skunk decides that they’re old enough, she will take them outside on adventures to hunt for bugs and other sources of food.
  • Skunks are not afraid of light and will come out during the day to search for food, especially if they are female with kittens. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE RABID. Momma skunks will more than likely will hunt for snacks during the day so they can spend the night with their babies and keep them safe from harm. After the kittens are 8 weeks old, they’ll go back to their normal sleeping habits.
  • Myth has it that skunks are afraid of light and only come out when it’s dark…WRONG. Skunks aren’t afraid of light at all and do actually come out during the day if hungry enough, especially if the skunk is a mom. In fact, leaving on flood lights at night may attract them because flood lights attract bugs, and where there’s bugs, there’s skunks!