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 rather shy and elusive animals who prefer to avoid any potentially threatening situation, including encounters with people and their pets. They are generally easily scared away with the use of loud noises, though if it’s a mama skunk, she will guard her little ones fiercely. Their poor eyesight and slow speed mean that they have to rely on their one potent defence mechanism — their spray — when they feel like they are in danger. If a skunk has established a den on your property, Skedaddle’s technicians in Whitchurch-Stouffville can remove the skunk and any kits safely and humanely. We ensure that little ones are reunited with their mother. Removing this animal is a particularly tricky endeavour, so doing it yourself is not recommended!
In our communities, the striped skunk is common, though not often sighted. Their smell is encountered far more frequently than the animal itself. Most residents only know of their presence when they see unfortunate victims on the side of the road that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dog owners may know they exist when their canine companions wander out into the night and return wearing that unmistakable stench!
The adorable, but stinky, black and white mammal is not as mischievous as the raccoon, but they do have some things in common even though they are unrelated. Like the masked bandit, skunks are omnivores and can eat just about anything that is edible. They will also take advantage of the buffet your garbage bin provides if given the opportunity. Their paws and claws are strong, but they aren’t as dexterous as a raccoon’s, so they are less capable of opening tightly sealed containers. They are also more likely to dig a den under your deck than to get into your attic because they are not good climbers.
Skunks do have the potential to carry rabies, so avoiding the possibility of getting bitten is a good idea.
The noxious odour they emit is due to the presence of thiols, a sulfur-based chemical compound with a rotten egg smell.
Skunks are incredibly accurate when they aim their backsides to spray, and the oily liquid can reach a target three metres away! Once they spray, the smell can be detected from a distance of 5.5 kilometres away.
Approximately one out of every 1,000 people are unable to smell the stench of the skunk even though their sense of smell works fine!