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.
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.
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.
For skunk removal, Durham residents count on Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to handle the problem. Like other wildlife, skunks need to be handled with care by professionals. Skunks are intelligent and capable mammals with distinctive markings and an even more distinctive defence mechanism. Most people steer clear of them due to their smelly spray. However, handling skunks can be dangerous even if you are unafraid of the stink. They are skittish but may bite or scratch when threatened. Skunks can also carry diseases and parasites.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control uses a three-step, humane strategy to remove skunks and protect your property against them. 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 to prevent future issues.
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. They sometimes enter a hibernation-like state called torpor. This is a sort of involuntary sleep that involves slowing their heart rates and lowering their temperatures. It helps them stay alive when resources are scarce.
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 also sometimes the unfortunate victims of spraying skunks.
Skunks mostly eat insects, grubs and plants. They are omnivores and not very picky. So, 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 the house. They are known to eat bees and wasps which they capture with their front feet.
Skunks can’t see very well. Unfortunately, they can’t get 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 dig under fences. If you have a serious problem, you may need to bury a portion of the fence.