Skunks
Animals digging in your yard? Skunk odors? Skunks under your home or porch? These are oftentimes indicators that skunks are living on or near your property. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective skunk removal and exclusion services.

Description

Odds are, you've probably smelled the foul, pungent smell of a skunk. Whether it was from roadkill, or your dog got sprayed, you know to steer clear of skunks! The method to rid yourself of the smell if you get sprayed is tomato juice, believe it or not! There are 2 common types of skunks in America: the spotted and striped skunk, with the latter being the most popular!

Appearance

  • Black with white stripes, spotted skunks have occasional white spots along with stripes
  • White patches on their head
  • Striped skunks weigh between 4 and 10 lbs
  • Measure about 25 inches long
  • Spotted skunks weigh no more than 3 lbs and are between 15 and 20 inches long

Habitat

Skunks are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night. They prefer to live in prairies, pastures and forest edges; however, skunks are capable of surviving in most climates! During the winter, skunks rely on their fat stores for their nourishment while they are holed up in their dens for many days or weeks.

Problems

Entry

Humans provide skunks with a lot of available nourishment, and this compels them to live under buildings, decks, and patios! Skunks will eat just about anything, from rodents, garden vegetation, insects, and trash. They may even venture into chicken coops to steal eggs or hatchlings!

Damage

Skunks secrete horrible odors and temporary blindness and can hit predators up to 10 feet away with their spray! Although skunks are mostly disliked for their odor, they also damage landscapes and gardens when they are foraging! Skunks are also common carriers of rabies and can also transmit canine distemper, hepatitis, tularemia, and Q-fever.

Control

Control and Safety

There are some control methods to prevent skunks from making their home on your property. Erecting fences are a great start, but more precautions are necessary, such as sealing building foundations with mesh wire. Property owners can also try to limit food and water availability. Securing trash bins is a must! Try to limit rodent populations and block entry to pet and livestock feeds. 

Trapping and Removal

Landowners risk the possibility of being sprayed when they approach skunks. Mishandling can also lead to bites, which require immediate professional medical attention. So, instead of attempting removal, property owners should call Critter Control of Denver to assist with skunk problems. We employ only expert-level pest professionals to ensure jobs are done right and in the safest way possible.

We can help you get rid of skunk problems! Call our Denver office today! 303.536.7762

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