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To obtain skunk removal help call our office 24/7/365 at
(888) 712-2542

 

Skunks are infamous producers of an odor so powerful that it quickly and easily communicates a clear message: “Don’t mess with me.” Although known mostly for its robust smell, the chemical can also cause intense discomfort if it gets into a person's or animal’s eyes. Fortunately, the skunk’s characteristic black and white coloring is so recognizable that most potential victims have fair warning. Though blending into the landscape is a more common form of protection in the wild, being so distinguishable is generally beneficial to skunks because it can dissuade many wild animals, and the occasional dog with more than half a brain, from attacking.

 

Common conflicts and solutions

It is more likely you will smell a skunk than see one. Persistent, faint musk smells under a building or woodpile may suggest that a skunk has taken up residence. You should look for other clues as well because foxes also have their own musky scent that may cause misidentification. You may find small, shallow holes in the lawn, similar to those made by squirrels, which are a result of a skunk foraging for grubs. Occasionally you may also find plants knocked over or damage to the lower leaves or ears of ripening garden crops, including corn. Occasionally a skunk will wander into an open garage or shed, a compelling reason to secure all outbuildings.

 

Skunk encounters
Occasional skunk sightings in a neighborhood are not a cause for alarm. Because skunks are generally easy-going, they will not intentionally bother people. In fact, skunks may benefit humans by eating many insects and rodents many regard as pests.

 

Warning signs to heed
Skunks use their powerful defense only when they or their young are threatened and cannot escape. Even then, they give ample warning that should be heeded—stamping front feet, a raised tail, hissing, short forward charges, and, especially, twisting the hind end around in your direction. Spotted skunks will even contort into a characteristic handstand, rump in the air with eyes still fixed on the threat. Move away slowly and quietly. By nature, dogs tend to ignore these warnings, so it is important they be restrained for their own good.

 

Tolerance
Because of the lingering odor, and fear of being sprayed it may be hard for some people to tolerate skunks living under a deck or old shed. But skunks need such shelter when they are most vulnerable (during the coldest parts of the winter and when raising young).

 

How many skunks are killed each year simply because of fear is not known, but it is surely a large number. This is unfortunate because it is common knowledge among those who work closely with these animals, that it actually takes a lot to get sprayed.

 

The nocturnal habits of skunks, their unaggressive nature, and the generally beneficial role they play in nature by consuming insects and rodents are all good reasons to leave them alone until they have moved on their own accord (which they readily do) or can safely be harassed away from an area where they are not wanted.

 

Protecting your yard


Habitat modification

Skunks are attracted to things like garbage and pet food left out at night and convenient denning sites, such as wood and rock piles, elevated sheds, openings under concrete slabs and porches, and access to crawl spaces under houses.

 

Preventive measures, such as removing attractants around houses, will decrease the likelihood of an unpleasant skunk encounter. This includes securing trash, feeding pets indoors, or if fed outdoors, removing food immediately after pets eat.

 

Skunks also dig for grubs in lawns when wet soil conditions push grubs close to the surface. When the soil dries, the grubs move deeper, so the problem can generally be stopped or prevented in the first place by not overwatering lawns.

 

Preventing denning (exclusion)
Exclusion techniques should be used proactively to prevent denning before an animal moves in.

A suspected skunk den should first be checked to determine if it has a current resident.

 

Our technicians will check the den site to ensure that the hole is unoccupied and can be filled. Our office will permanently exclude skunks (and other den-seeking creatures) with a barrier and give you a 10 year animal-free guarantee on the exclusion work.

 

About repellants

Some repellents that are advertised and sold to deter skunks from yards are predator urine products that we believe are inhumane and inappropriate for use. In most cases they do not work unless used by a licensed and trained wildlife removal professional.

 

Skunk in garage

Skunks who have wandered into a garage can simply be allowed to wander back out by making sure the door is open before dusk. Skunks are nocturnally active, so opening the door at dusk and closing it later in the evening is likely to be a solution to this problem.

 

It is important to make sure the skunk has not been coming and going for long enough to have established a den and given birth, and that any accessible foods (bags of bird seed, for example) have been moved and secured in tightly sealed containers.

 

Removal from a window well
It is not uncommon for a skunk, thanks to weak eyesight, to stumble into a window well and become trapped because of their poor climbing abilities. If a skunk becomes trapped in a window well or similar steep-sided pit, provide a means of escape. If you are uncomfortable doing this, please call our office anytime for assistance at (888) 712-2542.

 

Regardless of how you end up getting the skunk out, prevent the situation from recurring by installing covers over window wells.

 

Is that skunk rabid?
Even though skunks are mostly active at night, they sometimes look for food by day—particularly in the spring, when they have young and may be extra hungry. Don’t be concerned if you see an adult skunk in the daytime unless she is also showing abnormal behaviors:

 

- Limb paralysis.
- Circling.
- Boldness or unprovoked aggression.
- Disorientation, staggering.
- Uncharacteristic tameness.


Don’t approach the skunk yourself. Call our office at (888) 712-2542 for assistance immediately.

 

Neutralizing odors
The traditional remedy for a “skunking” is a tomato juice bath.

 

To neutralize the smell, however, the chemicals in the spray must be changed into a different type of molecule, and tomato juice does not do that.

 

Tomato juice can, along with vinegar, and any other mildly acidic solution, wash off the oily spray to at least reduce the smell.

 

Recommendations for removing odor
Commercial products are available from veterinary and pet supply outlets, but for a home remedy that will neutralize skunk spray odor on dogs, skin (not eyes), and some clothes, mix:

-1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
-1/4 cup baking soda
-1 teaspoon liquid soap (laundry or dishwashing soap)

 

Wearing rubber gloves, use immediately, and outdoors, if at all possible, to keep the volatile skunk spray out of your house. Rinse after five minutes and repeat if needed.

 

Warning: Do not store this mixture—use it immediately after mixing. If left in a closed container, the oxygen gas released could make the container burst. This mixture can bleach fur and hair color.

Clothes or other fabric items sprayed directly may be best thrown away. Fabric that picked up the smell indirectly, as well as buildings and similar surfaces, can be washed with one cup of liquid laundry bleach per gallon of water. (This may bleach colors.)

 

Commercial products containing neutroleum alpha will also neutralize the odor. It is best to consult your physician for treatment if you are sprayed in the eyes. But you can ease the discomfort by liberally flushing eyes with cold water.

 

Skunk odors inside are usually caused by occupancy beneath the house or a discharge outside an open window. During courtship, skunks may be more prone to lose control, of their normal scent management patterns.

 

There are odor neutralizers on the market that work with amazing effectiveness to eliminate the stray skunk smells that might need occasional attention.

 

The problem with lethal control
People will go to extreme lengths to avoid getting sprayed by a skunk, even those who bill themselves as wildlife-control professionals. To stay outside the range of spray, the latter will sometimes kill skunks by injecting chemical solvents, such as acetone (aka fingernail polish remover), into the animal’s chest using a very long pole syringe.

 

How solvents kill skunks is not known, but common sense suggests that it most likely causes significant pain and distress. Skunks are at particular risk for all sorts of unacceptable killing methods, including drowning, because people’s desire to avoid getting sprayed overrides every other concern. We strictly advise that unless veterinary science has studied and validated a killing method as humane, it should not be used in dispatching any animal, domestic or wild.

 

Public health concerns
The skunk is one of four wild animals (including the fox, raccoon, and bat) considered to be primary carriers of the rabies virus and is, therefore, classified as a rabies vector species. Skunks have also been known to carry leptospirosis.

To obtain skunk removal help call our office 24/7/365 at
(888) 712-2542

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