Skunks are among those wildlife animals that most Houston citizens want to avoid at all costs! And who can blame them? The furry little animals with their distinctive white stripe are notorious for dousing targets in a pungent stench that is extremely difficult to remove. In addition to this, they carry diseases and often damage property. The desire to keep skunks at bay is not unique to Houston residents though as people around the world tend to share the same sentiments. Given these compelling reasons to keep skunks away, Houston residents should look into the services provided by humane wildlife control teams.
Skunks and Rabies
Aside from the stench of skunk spray, one of the top reasons to keep skunks off your Houston property is the dreaded rabies. Randall County has had four confirmed cases of rabies in skunks since the start of 2018. Houston is only 616 miles away. While this is an estimated 12-hour journey for motorists, it can be covered by wildlife animals like skunks in a matter of days, making the threat of the spread of the disease to Houston’s skunks very real.
As summer rolls around, the usually shy skunks will become more visible in and around Houston. You will also see the young skunks as the animals tend to give birth between April and June. If you have shrubbery or overgrown green spaces around you, you have created the perfect retreat for skunks. They also love to inhabit spaces they find beneath sheds and decks or any other space, as long as it is dark and quiet. Once a skunk has found somewhere to establish a den, the potential for you, your family and pets to have skunk encounters increase greatly.
Skunks are nocturnal, which means you will mostly see them around during the nighttime. They begin their foraging at dusk and continue into the night, making their way back into their dens before daylight. On rare occasions though (for example if the skunk has been scared out of its den or is suffering from rabies) you may see a skunk up and about during the day. Skunks are usually docile, but they respond swiftly and decisively to perceived threats. This is why you or your pet may wind up doused in their stinky spray.
A skunk that is about to launch its defensive missile (the infamous stinky spray) will demonstrate certain behaviours. The skunk will first step backward and lower its head while arching its back. It will then raise its tail as a warning. It will also stamp its front feet threateningly. If the skunk still feels threatened (that is if you or your pet is still nearby) it will turn around aim and fire… and skunks have very precise aiming skills.
Don’t get caught up in the myths about skunk spray either. Some people think that once a skunk has emitted about of spray it cannot emit another. This is not true. Some people also falsely claim that if you hold a skunk by its tail it won’t be able to release its spray. These myths may lead you to expose yourself and others to the stench of skunk spray… don’t believe them.
Skunks and You
More skunks in your area means a greater risk of property damage, being sprayed, and rabies transmission. It’s time to look out for your pets and yourself by ensuring that skunks stay off your turf. The humane wildlife control team at Skedaddle is ready to help you with this. Armed with a team of highly skilled and experienced wildlife technicians, Skedaddle is in a position to deliver efficient and effective skunk removal and prevention services for all our Houston clients that also keeps the animal in mind. The signature Skedaddle service includes a thorough assessment, followed by strategic and humane removal with cleaning and clearing services. This is topped off with the application of protective and preventive strategies to keep the space skunk free after clearance. Hiring Skedaddle is the way to go if a skunk free yard is your objective.