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SKUNK REMOVAL PROCESS

ASSESS AND REMOVE

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.

clear and clean

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

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.

 


Skunks in Ottawa

 

Skunks are relatively harmless. Really. Aside from their overpowering odour, healthy skunks pose very little threat to humans. They are shy animals and scare easily. Often, startling them is enough to cause them to leave your premises. Skunks do not have very good eyesight and, as many dog owners know, they can be quick with their one method of self-defence when they are caught off guard. They’d much prefer to just escape. Skunks who build their dens under decks or porches, however, can be difficult to remove. It takes the specialized skunk removal skills of our Ottawa technicians to get the job done safely and humanely.

Winter is the time for slowing down and staying warm and cozy inside. This is true for people, and it’s also true for skunks. They’ve created some extra layers of fat from all the food they consume to prepare for the scarcity of the cold months, but their survival depends upon these fat stores lasting through the winter. To do so, skunks go into a deep sleep called torpor, during which time their metabolism, heart rate and body temperature all decrease significantly.

In the warmer months of the year, skunks tend to prefer the solitary life, except for a mama with her kits. In the winter, the social construct is more relaxed. Males that would never tolerate one another’s presence in the warm months can be found sharing dens to keep warm. To improve the den’s insulating capacity, they close up the opening with leaves and grass once they are inside. Skunks have claws that are great for digging dens, which they will do, but they prefer to take over abandoned shelters left by other animals.

 

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Skunk Facts

The biggest threat skunks pose to humans is their potential for carrying rabies. Distinguishing a rabid skunk from a healthy one isn’t always easy, which is why it is never a good idea to handle these animals yourself. Humane wildlife control technicians have the skills and knowledge required to safely remove skunks from your property.

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Spring can be a particularly smelly time of year when skunks are around. The reason is due to the frequency with which females utilize their spray to let a male know she is decidedly uninterested in his advances!

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When a female does mate with a male, she has nothing more to do with him after the act is complete. She goes through her entire pregnancy alone and raises her babies on her own as well.

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If a female skunk has babies with her, she is very protective of them. This is one occasion when a skunk may become aggressive and removing a mother and her offspring takes particular care.

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The striped skunk is the most well-known of the 12 skunk species, and it is the only resident of Ottawa. One other species, the western spotted skunk, is the only other type found in Canada. It can be seen in British Columbia.

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Pets and humans who get sprayed by a skunk may have to live with the odour for a long time. It can take days or weeks to completely be rid of the smell, especially if it isn’t treated. The longevity can be blamed on the thiols, a component of sulphur, present in the spray.

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