We offer free estimates for trapping skunk in your homes, garages, barns, crawlspaces, farms, properties, neighborhoods, communuties, golf courses, and more. If you have observed any skunk near your home or farm, please call us. A skunks odor can penetrate and linger in cloth furniture, clothing, and carpets. The odor from skunks can contaminate items several floors away from the original source.
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Skunks become a nuisance when their burrowing or feeding habits conflict with humans. They may burrow under porches or buildings by entering foundation openings. Garbage or refuse left outdoors may be disturbed by skunks. Skunks may also damage beehives by attempting to geed on bees. Many homeowners experience odor related concerns.
Skunks dig in lawns for insect larvae and grubs. Field and house mice are regular and important items in the diet of skunks, particularly in winter. Rats, cottontail rabbits, and other small mammals are taken when other food is scarce.
Skunks dig holes in lawns, golf courses, and gardens in search of insects grubs found in the soil. Digging normally appears as small 3-4 inch cone shaped holes or patches of upturned earth.
Skunks typically are very precise in their digging and they are know to systematically remove insects from the turf in a section-by-section fashion. In gerneral, damage stops after 3 weeks because food is no longer available.
Skunk Control Methods
Remove garbage, debris, and lumber piles to reduce attractiveness of an area to skunks. In general, skunks prefer cover and debris filled areas as these provide excellent hunting grounds. Properly dispose of garbage or other food sources that will attract skunks. Skunks are often attracted to rodents living in the home, barns, crawlspaces, sheds, and garages.
Cage traps should be covered at least 50% of their length, especially when trapping skunks. Otherwise, use box traps. Some manufacturers market box traps specifically for skunks. The traps are made out of plastic to prevent the skunk from becoming agitated and to provide a visual barrier.
Seal all ground level openings into poultry buildings and close doors at night. Poultry yards and coops without subsurface foundations may be fenced with 3-foot wire mesh fencing. Bury the fence 2-3 inches into the ground. Keep skunks from denning under building by sealing off all foundation openings. Cover all openings with wire mesh, sheet metal, or concrete. Skunk exit tunnels are excellent to use, the skunk is able to exit without re-entry.
Skunks are the primary carriers of rabies in the midwest. The possibility for contact with rabid animals increases during rabies outbreaks. Rabid skunks are prime vectors for spread of the virus. Avoid overly aggressive skunks that approach without hesitation. Report skunks that are behaving abnormally to local animal control authorities.
Skunks are famous for their pungent defensive spray, known as musk. The musk is a yellow tinted oily liquid stored in 2 sacks located on opposite sides of the anus. Each sack holds about a teaspoon of musk; enough to allow multiple sprays. It is discharged through nipples that provide skunks with several key advantages. Musk of skunks does not transmit the rabies virus but it can temporarily blind and stun individuals that are sprayed in the face. Victims will experience watering eyes and may vomit.
If a skunk enters a garage, cellar, or house, open the doors and allow the skunk to exit on its own, set a trap, or encourage the skunk to leave with a water hose. Watch the behavior of the animal. If it thumps its fromt feet and turns his backside to you, these are signs that the skunk is agitated and about to spray.
Skunk make noises ranging from screeches, wimpers, and chips. They stomp their front feet in a thump, thump combination when agitated.