If you've noticed an abundance of skunks on your property lately, this is not an issue that should be taken lightly.
Almost everyone knows skunks spray when they feel threatened, and the smell can be nearly impossible to get rid of. However, that isn't the only danger skunks pose to your home and health.
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The odor that skunks emit is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of skunks. Skunks will also mark the areas they inhabit with their scent, which can really become unpleasant. It is also a worry for people because they do not want to come across a skunk and get sprayed with that odor. They also don't want their pets getting sprayed either. Most don't realize that skunks can do a lot of digging which can damage yards and gardens. Skunks are also a species that carry rabies which is a major problem.
Skunks are known to cause several issues, including the following listed below:
Don’t take the threat of a skunk lightly. We recommend you use caution and move all children and pets away from the skunk as quickly as possible.
Skunks are not an animal that is likely to come into the living areas of a house. Skunks are attracted to making their homes under porches, sheds, decks, and structures like these. Skunks are also lured in by the prospect of a consistent food source as well as pet food that is left outside or a garden that is all in bloom with awesome fruits and vegetables. Skunks will even dump over your garbage cans to see what they are able to get into as far as food is concerned.
Barriers need to be installed in order for them to not be able to make their way underneath these structures. You will also want to make sure that any possible food supplies are put away or are inside some sort of locking container. An electric fence around gardens is a good idea as well.
A local skunk removal expert will be able to identify all of the issues that may be present in and around your yard and help you put the right modifications in place.
Trapping and removing these animals is the best course of action. It is easy to avoid getting sprayed with solidly walled traps or draping a towel or sheet over the trap. Using repellent is not going to be a useful way to get rid of these animals. This is because there is no effective repellent out there for skunks. Some manufacturers market some repellents, but they are not going to work and will be a waste of your money. It is best to call in a pro to remove these animals.
After these animals have been caught in a trap, skunks need to be taken at least 5 miles away from the trapping area. There are a lot of laws that dictate the proper conduct in dealing with animals, even those seen as nuisance animals. This is one of the reasons as to why it is best to call in a professional. They are going to know the legalities of what they can do and what they can't do.
It is important to remember to analyze all of the possible areas where another skunk could call home and to handle these areas accordingly. You may get rid of one skunk, but if your property offers them a food source and place to live, a different skunk is likely to make their way onto the property.
The best and safest way to remove a skunk from your property is to contact wildlife experts who have the tools and the experience necessary in protecting your home.
If you have a skunk that has invaded your property, contact Total Animal Control today. We would be happy to answer your questions and quickly take any skunks from your property. Our animal control technicians are trained to handle every pest control problem with care and expertise.