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Are Skunks Blind?

Skunks are creatures that everyone tries to avoid due to their stinky defense mechanism. However, taking time to learn more about skunks can be quite interesting. Many wonder if skunks are blind and how they can affect the home, if they manage to build a nest nearby. It is important to home owners to know the facts, such as what attracts skunks, in order to be able to have the creatures removed without harm to the animal or themselves.

To begin, we start with a common question. Are skunks blind? Skunks are actually born blind and deaf, covered in only a soft layer of fur. Usually around three weeks after they are born, skunks will open their eyes. The baby skunks, known as kits, will wean from the mother after two months from being born but will generally stay with their mom for about a year, until they are ready to mate.

A baby skunk whose eyes have not yet opened.

Skunks commonly like to create nests in areas of the home including under a porch or in a crawlspace. A mother skunk will create a nest and have her babies. The mother will keep the kits in the space for a number of weeks, until they are able to move about freely. If you are a home owner and a skunk with babies is living under the porch or in a crawlspace, you will want to proceed with caution.

The mother skunk will be very protective of her babies and will use her defense mechanism when she feels threatened. You may find that she tries to spray you if you try to remove her from the home. This is when wildlife control is needed. You want to enlist the experts to remove the creature so that no one is harmed and that no spraying takes place!

A skunk nest below a shed.

With professional removal, hands-on techniques are used that protect both the mother skunk and babies. The baby skunks are removed and placed in a heated box so they are safely able to be relocated by their mother to another den site close by.

You may be wondering how a skunk came to your neighborhood in the first place. Skunks are commonly found in urban and suburban environments. They aren’t often seen because they are nocturnal but it very common for them make their home below sheds, decks and porches and find food in gardens and unsecured garbage bags.

Once a skunk has been removed from below your deck , shed porch or addition, a prevention phase will need to begin. The den site must then be secured using heavy gauge screening to prevent future re-entry.

It is always best to leave skunk removal to the experts. Trying to remove a skunk from your home can lead to you being sprayed. It is also hard to determine if a skunk is healthy or perhaps diseased. You want to ensure you as well as your family are safe. If you see a skunk in your area, be sure to contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for assistance.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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