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Assess and Remove

To solve a skunk problem, we start with a complete assessment of your property to determine where the skunks are living and how they’re gaining access. Since skunks do not climb our inspection will focus on the ground level den sites like porches, decks and sheds. We then perform a careful and humane removal, including any babies.

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Clear and Clean

Once we humanely remove any skunks and their babies we will move on to clearing the den site of any damaged property, nesting material or debris that was gathered by the animals. We can then begin cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing the area to eliminate any risk of illness, irritating odors and attractants for other wildlife.


Prevent and Protect

To prevent a future skunk problem, our technicians will get to work installing protective barriers designed to keep skunks out. This usually involves digging out around the perimeter of the deck, shed or porch and burying a heavy steel mesh deep into the ground. Our workmanship and materials are backed by a lifetime warranty.


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Skunks in Durham


Durham residents count on Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to handle skunk problems and provide homeowners with long-term solutions. Old and new communities throughout the Durham region provide skunks with ideal denning grounds and ample food sources that come from improper garbage disposal, manicured lawns and thriving gardens. Most people steer clear of DIY removals due to the risk of being sprayed. However, removal can be dangerous when you consider the injury or diseases that can be passed on from an aggressive skunk. To protect your property and yourself, trust the professionals at Skedaddle in Durham to properly remove skunks. Our team understands how to safely assess the situation and remove each skunk without causing them to spray, or spread potentially harmful bacteria.

Where to Spot Skunks in Durham

Despite the Durham region’s continual residential and commercial growth, skunks are able to thrive in great numbers. Whether you spot them in outlying suburbs such as Rexdale and Bowmanville or in more condensed areas like Ajax and Pickering, skunks are able to find a comfortable home. Much like the rest of Durham’s wildlife, Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe and Lake Scugog help to make the area a place where skunks can thrive in great numbers. As they move closer into urban areas, they find the gardens, well-manicured lawns and easy access to garbage provide abundance of food sources. Once a skunk has found a bountiful food source on or around a property, they are likely to create their den there under the conveniently preconstructed deck, shed, porch or addition a home may offer.

Our team helps remove hundreds of skunk babies every year! With hands-on techniques and 30 years of practice, our friendly technicians are able to hand remove babies from the hard-to-reach places they love like; decks, sheds, and porches.

Spring is when most Durham residents spot the furry striped creatures. Many homeowners are unaware of a skunk problem on their property until the skunk has emerged from under a deck, shed or porch. As the snow begins to thaw and food sources are plentiful, skunks are at their most active, preparing for the arrival of their babies, which typically arrive between May and June. Skunk litters contain an average of two to six kits, but can range anywhere from one to nine. Skunk babies remain inside the den for the first six to eight weeks of their life. Skeaddle’s knowledgeable technicians are able to safely locate each kit and remove them by hand from under a structure. As leaders in the humane wildlife control industry, we have seen the extent of damage a mother skunk and her babies are able to cause. As part of our process, Skedaddle technicians decontaminate and clean the areas on your property that the skunks were present.

Skunks Hide From Durham Winters

Like most animals, skunks spend the winter trying to stay alive on less food and avoid the harsh weather. They become significantly less active, choosing to hide away in their dens. They do not hibernate. Instead, they significantly reduce their activity, only occasionally emerging to look for extra food when the conditions are right. The physiological state of torpor allows for skunks to sleep for long periods at a time and conserve their energy. Once they have dug a comfortable den in the fall when the ground is still soft, skunks settle in for the winter, remaining inside until spring. Since they have short legs, it is hard for skunks to walk through tall snow, leaving them more susceptible to predators.

This video walks viewers through our humane skunk removal process. While keeping your property safe and protecting it from future invasions, our techniques keep all skunk babies safe. By ensuring that family units remain intact, skunks have a better chance of survival

Many Durham region residents are not privy to the skunk living under their property, as their lowered activity allows them to remain undetected. Immediate action at the first signs of skunks on your property during the fall is the best way to prevent them from taking permanent residence in winter, and later residence as they raise their babies in the spring. Waking a skunk during torpor can make the animal more aggressive, and removals more complex. Causing a skunk to spray during removal can leave not only you smelling for weeks, but can allow the odour to seep into the living spaces of a home as well. Skedaddle technicians understand how to complete safe removals all year long, without causing skunks to become aggressive or spray. Unlike some other wildlife control services, we don’t simply trap animals. Instead, we use our understanding of their behaviours to identify why they are coming to your property, and by using skunk-proof barriers, our technicians can prevent future issues.

Skunk Facts

Skunks may be attracted to human homes during the winter thanks to the more plentiful food resources. Additionally, crawl spaces and porches can make lovely dens. If you notice any skunks activity around your home, especially in the fall as they prepare for winter, call in professionals to help deal with the problem.


Skunks can spray up to 10 feet. If you get closer, you may suffer the consequences. Worse yet, the smell can be detected up to 1.5 miles away. Curious pets are often the unfortunate victims of spraying skunks.


Skunks mostly eat insects, grubs and plants. They are omnivores and not very picky eaters. If the opportunity arises, they are happy to eat whatever is on the menu.


Depending on the circumstance, skunks can be helpful to have around your neighbourhood. They are known to eat wasps which they capture with their front feet.


Skunks can’t see very well. Unfortunately, they can’t wear eyeglasses, so they count on their senses of smell and hearing to navigate and detect threats.


Skunks are talented diggers. They have very strong front feet and long nails that are perfect for moving earth. Unfortunately, this makes them a challenging problem to defend against. They can easily dig under fences, so if you have a serious problem, you may need to bury a portion of the fence.


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