If you’ve ever smelled skunk spray, you’ll know exactly why these furry, nocturnal critters are considered a nuisance. That musk, produced by a pair of anal glands, broadcasts their upset across long distances, acting as an irritant not just to our noses, but to our eyes and skin as well. Dealing with a problem skunk in your home or yard should be handled by a qualified professional — it’s the only possible way you’ll come up smelling like roses instead of skunk musk.
Unmistakable Smell of Skunks?
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Skunks are approximately the size of a house cat, with characteristic black and white fur bearing spots and striping. Their tails are big and bushy, while their legs, head, ears and eyes tend to be small. They favor wooded areas, open fields and lands bordering on forests, but will seek shelter in your home, under your porch or deck or even inside your heating unit cabinetry if no natural burrowing spots are available.
Skunks seek out homes and yards for food or shelter. Primarily active at night, these omnivorous mammals typically feast on berries, fruits and small rodents, snakes, amphibians and insects, but adapt readily to a diet including human refuse, pet food and garden vegetables. In the process of seeking out food, their digging habits destroy lawns and gardens. When they seek shelter indoors, those same digging and scratching habits can damage walls, insulation and wiring in your home.
Skunks are also carriers of diseases that are harmful to humans and other animals, including your pets. Rabies, tularemia and distemper are among the list of diseases carried by these creatures that could put you at risk. They also can carry parasites such as fleas, mites, ticks and worms that pose their own set of problems when skunks find their way into human-occupied spaces.
Most notably, the problem of skunks comes down to their spray, which is released when the animal feels threatened or in danger. The defensive spray can carry up to 20 feet, and can cause nausea, vomiting and pain, particularly when shot into a person’s eyes. Removal of the oily liquid that carries the spray can be difficult, and porous objects like carpeting may need to be scrapped entirely.
Dealing with a Skunk Problem
When dealing with a problematic skunk, a good offense is your best defense. Secure your trash cans and keep pet food indoors and carefully monitor the moisture around your home to prevent insects and grubs that skunks love to eat. Ensuring all holes, cracks and openings in your home’s exterior are sealed, as well as securing attractive denning sites under porches or near sheds can send the clear message that skunks are not welcome. If possible, keep your pets indoors at night and supervise their trips outside to prevent a possible spraying once you’ve identified a skunk problem on your property.
Don’t ever attempt to deal with a skunk on your own. Instead, contact a qualified wildlife specialist like those at Critter Control. They have the proper tools, training and knowledge to safely, humanely and effectively trap a skunk in your home or yard without putting you at risk of getting sprayed or bitten by a scared skunk.