The striped skunk is a mammal that is infamous for the strong odour it can emit. Not only can this species wreak havoc on your senses, it can cause major damage to your home. Although skunks are not aggressive animals, they seem to be aware of their own odorous potential, as they are careful not to spray on themselves when targeting a threat. Because distinguishing healthy skunks from those infected with rabies is difficult, professional removal is always necessary.
One of the telltale signs spring has arrived are the familiar scents that come along with it – budding flowers, fresh cut grass, and unfortunately the putrid odour of skunk spray! In late winter, skunks begin their mating season, with a gestation period of about sixty days. By as early as mid-April skunks give birth to litters of anywhere from one to nine kits, averaging in the four to six range. With families on the way, they will be searching for a cosy place to birth and raise their young. Studies have revealed there are up to fifty skunks per square kilometre in most North American urban areas, which means most natural den sites will be claimed quickly as baby season approaches. Skunks are natural diggers, and decks, sheds and porches provide the perfect shelter and security for mother skunks, resulting in frustration for homeowners.
The best way to avoid the horrible spray and allow your dog to safely roam your backyard is to leave removal and exclusion to the professionals. After assessing the property for all potential entry points, each baby is removed by hand and the area is secured with high quality barriers designed to stand the test of time. Be sure to act quickly if you notice signs of skunk activity around your home. Excluding a mother before she gives birth is the most effective and safe solution.
Our Wildlife Technicians are trained to identify skunk entry points, which due to their excellent ability to dig, are often found below porches, decks and sheds. Accessing a skunk’s den can often be difficult. Using specialized, hands-on removal techniques our technicians will gently prod adult skunks from their makeshift home. Baby skunks are then placed inside a heated baby box so that they can be safely relocated by their mother to one of her multiple den sites.
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s wildlife removal strategy is humane, safe and reliable. Part of our process involves clearing and cleaning any contaminated material that can cause serious health risks. Your Wildlife Technician will advise you of any cleaning and clearing that may be required depending on the severity of contamination. This will help ensure that your home remains safe for you and your family.
Part of our process involves taking specific measures designed to prevent future skunk intrusions. Your Wildlife Technician will not only seal the entry point after removal, but will also protect any potential openings by burying heavy gauge screen deep into the ground. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control then deodorizes the surrounding areas to deter other skunks from making your deck, porch or shed their home. Our Wildlife Technicians specialize in ensuring that your home and family are protected as part of the Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control customer service experience.
Skunks are renowned for the horrible smell they emit when injured, frightened or mating. The odour can remain on pets and in ventilation systems for weeks or months. But these animals can also cause significant damage to buildings and landscaping.
FACT: Skunks will burrow out dens under any structure without a foundation, which can cause weaknesses in porches, decks, or sheds. They are nocturnal (i.e. active at night), and will chew or burrow through wood and siding.
FACT: They will often dig up lawns and gardens to find their food. A large portion of a skunk’s diet is made up of insects, grubs and garbage.
FACT: The smell from skunk spray can remain on skin and pet hair for days, weeks and even months. It often enters the ventilation system and will spread throughout the building very quickly. The noxious chemical emitted by skunks is very pervasive.
FACT: Rabies-infected skunks cannot often be distinguished from healthy ones. Rabies is transmitted through saliva from the infected skunk to humans and pets, often through a bite. The number of cases of rabies in skunks exceeds that in raccoons or foxes. Skunks have been found with rabies throughout Canada.
FACT: Skunk spray can be highly noxious, causing nausea and vomiting. It also contains sulphuric acid, which can cause temporary blindness in pets and humans. Skunk spray is extremely difficult to remove from clothing, skin and hair. It can remain strong for long periods of time, affecting everyone who comes into contact with it.
FACT: Skunks are social animals and several families may congregate in a single den site. There are typically 4-6 babies (kits) in a litter.
FACT: The most effective method in getting rid of skunks is to remove all the skunks and completely seal the entire porch, shed or foundation from further entry by digging a trench and installing screening.
FACT: Skunk dens are often hard to access and a number of extraction techniques may be required. Killing or capturing the adult likely won’t solve the problem, since the babies may still be hiding in an inaccessible area under the building. Signs of digging and burrowing are the most common way to locate a skunk den. Damage to lawns and gardens may also be evident.