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.
When I called to book an inspection, I was given a quick booking time. James M came within the window of time, called ahead and was professional upon arrival. He was able to assess the property and give me a plan of action! He was able to provide great solutions to the problem! I would recommend!
You’re driving down the road when, suddenly, it hits you: a noxious stench reminiscent of rotten eggs, the telltale sign that some poor skunk met an untimely end nearby. Unfortunately, this is the most frequent encounter people have with this shy and skittish creature. Skunks are nocturnal animals, so often they are crossing the road at night. Their colouring makes it difficult for drivers to see them, and they don’t move fast enough to get out of the way.
Occasionally, homeowners discover a skunk or a skunk family on their property, setting up residence under a porch or deck. While these animals are generally harmless, the odour they emit is more than a little unpleasant, and no one really wants to risk an accidental spraying. For this reason, it is often best to remove these houseguests to a more suitable location but doing so is tricky. At Skedaddle, we have the expertise and experience to remove skunks in a manner that is safe for all parties.
Thornhill is home to the striped skunk, the most prevalent species in North America. It is easily identifiable from the two white stripes that stretch the length of its body. Skunks are omnivores and eat just about anything edible. If your trash bin is not secured, a local skunk will have no trouble looking through it for an easy meal.
Homeowners generally do not have to worry about skunks getting into their homes. They aren’t good climbers, so accessing your attic is not likely. In addition, they tend to try to avoid trouble. A single skunk can often be scared away with loud noises. Not so when it’s a mother and her kits. Mama is very protective. Typically, the only time you’ll see a healthy skunk get aggressive is when a mother feels her kits are in danger.
A skunk’s only real defence is their spray. Unfortunately, they have poor eyesight, so they might not see you until they feel it’s too late to waddle away, in which case, they spray.
Oftentimes, skunks give a warning before they take aim. They’ll stamp their front feet, lift their tails, arch their backs and, finally, turn their backsides in the direction of their target.
The stench their spray emits is due to the presence of thiols, chemical compounds that contain the rotten-egg smell of sulfur.
Even though skunks are born nearly bald, the pigmentation in the skin already reveals the distinct colouration of the fur.
After a female becomes pregnant, she shuns her partner, preferring to raise her little ones on her own.