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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The deep black fur with the white stripes down the back and the fluffy tail are unmistakable characteristics that identify a skunk. However, most people smell a skunk long before they see one. Since these animals are nocturnal and shy, they are often smelled more than they are seen. Occasionally, homeowners might discover one at night rummaging through a trash bin that was left unsecured or waddling across the yard after hearing a car door slam.
Most often, it is pet owners who discover they have a skunk on their property when Fido or Fluffy return from their evening romping outside stinking of rotten eggs. Other than the noxious odour, these animals are harmless. They do carry rabies but getting bit by a skunk is a rare occurrence unless you attempt to disturb a mama with her babies.
Skunk removal is tricky under any circumstance, but it is more so when kits are involved. Skedaddle technicians in Vaughan are trained in the safe removal of skunks, and they make sure families are reunited.
A skunk’s only real defence is its spray, but it can’t use it freely because it takes 10 days to replenish. If you happen to encounter upon a skunk on your property, most likely you will see the animal trying to make its escape via the shortest route to safety. If it feels threatened, it gives a warning before spraying. Look for a raised and twitching tail. It also stomps its front feet. If it turns its tail toward you, it’s time to vacate the area!
Skunks make dens for sleeping or find ones that have been abandoned by other animals. They prefer out-of-the-way locations like under a deck or porch. Skunks don’t climb well, so they are unlikely to end up in your attic. They may, however, dig under a shed or barn or take advantage of a crawl space. Skunks are omnivores, so they can eat plants and animals. They aren’t ones to turn down an easy meal, so keep your garbage bin lids secure.
Skunks have strong paws with long claws that are good for digging. They don’t have the dexterity of raccoons, so, while they’ll eat from your garbage if given the opportunity, they are unable to open containers quite as easily as the masked bandit.
Canada has two species of skunks. The striped skunk lives across the country, but the western spotted skunk is only found in British Columbia.
Despite their timid nature and fear of strangers, skunks are actually social and very playful with one another.
Beware the skunk’s aim, it is exceptionally accurate! Though they can’t see well, they can hit their target from a distance of three metres.