Skunks are animals that might be adorable to look at, but they are wild animals that can become a nuisance if they live on your property. Certainly one of the most well-known facts and characteristics about skunks is the fact that they have a unique self-defense mechanism in the form of a spray with a powerful odour. If you notice any foul smells around your home or property, chances are you have a skunk infestation on your hands, at which point professional skunk control services are what you should be thinking about.
Skunk Mating Season & Babies
Skunk smell is often present during the mating season, which is typically February through March. The stink starts appearing when male skunks attempt to court females who might not be “in the mood.” As a result, the female skunks generate the foul odour in order to push away their suitors. Luckily for any humans nearby, the smell only lasts a short while. However, noticing any foul odours around your home or property will likely mean you have skunks nearby, which calls for professional services in skunk control.
Female skunks typically give birth to babies in April or May after a gestation period that lasts sixty days. A usual litter will have between four and seven pups. Female skunks will disperse from the winter den to a separate maternal den after mating, where they will gather grass and bring it into the den for bedding. The babies will be nursed in the den typically for six weeks before starting to venture outside the den on trips with their mother. In the fall, the family group breaks up and the young venture out to new territory by themselves.
What Are Some Signs That You Could Potentially Have Skunks?
There are several ways to determine your property or home has been infested by unwanted visitors such as skunks. Among these signs are:
- Signs of digging or burrowing below sheds, decks, porches and steps.
- Paw prints in the snow or muddy paw prints on your patio or deck.
- Noticing damage to the lower leaves of ripening garden crops, as well as finding knocked over plants.
- Finding small and shallow holes in the lawn. These will look similar to holes made by squirrels, but are a result of skunks foraging for insect larvae and grubs in the lawn.
- Picking up faint skunks smells around the home.
Skunks On Your Property? Contact Skedaddle For Help With Professional Skunk Control Services
When there are baby skunks present during an infestation, many homeowners don’t understand the complications that represent. Because mother skunks are highly protective of their young, they will not only spray anyone and anything they consider threatening but could attack as well. This poses a risk for homeowners eager to do the removal themselves.
Remember that professional skunk control services are the absolute best removal option. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is a company that has more nearly thirty years of experience in removing both skunks and their babies from people’s homes humanely and safely for all parties involved. Having pioneered humane pest removal methods, rest assured that Skedaddle is the right choice for your skunk problem.