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.
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Skunks are shy and timid animals that are actually quite playful. However, they do have a bad reputation due to the pungent odour they emit when they spray. Unfortunately, the receiver isn’t the only one to pay the price of being sprayed. Any human within 5.6 kilometres of a skunk that has fired away can detect the foul odour.
With that kind of potency, few people are comfortable having a skunk living on their property and attempting to remove the skunk on your own is not a good idea. Skedaddle’s technicians in Newmarket understand skunk behaviour and biology. Their techniques enable them to remove a skunk safely and humanely. It is taken to a new denning location that is good for the animal and good for you. After the removal is complete, the entry point is sealed to prevent other wildlife from taking advantage of a ready-made home.
Since skunks are nocturnal, very few people in Newmarket see them out and about. Since these animals are wary of others makes it even more unlikely to spot them. However, homeowners may hear their activities at night as they go in and out of a den they’ve established under a deck or porch. Skunks have claws made for digging dens, but they will move into one after another animal has vacated instead of building their own.
Skunk dens are difficult to spot, as they take care to cover the openings with grass, leaves and other natural debris to disguise their homes. A skunk’s foraging activities leave behind evidence of its presence. If you see small, round holes around your yard, they may indicate that a skunk is living on your property. Contact Skedaddle, and we will assess the area around your home to determine if a skunk is present and where it is denning.
A mother skunk is very protective of her young and can become aggressive if she thinks her kits are in danger.
Skunks give a warning before spraying. They stomp their front feet, raise their tails high and form their bodies into a “U” shape with the tail and head both facing the target.
When a skunk sprays, it loses its defence for up to 10 days because it can take that long to recharge. For this reason, they won’t spray unless they feel truly threatened.
A female has one litter per year. Babies are called kits, and there are usually between four and six kits in a litter.
After skunks mate, the female wants nothing to do with the male. She makes it clear that she does not want or need his help in raising the little ones.