Once we have safely removed all the skunks from your property, we evaluate the damage they may have caused, and make a plan to decontaminate the area. The presence of skunks can result in costly damage to your property and potential exposure to bacteria and diseases. Our trained technicians can safely remove these harmful materials and keep your family safe. After we have determined the amount of damage as well as the necessary repairs and clean up required, we will propose a plan to make your property clean and secure again.
The level of damage varies in each skunk removal situation, depending on the following factors:
- If skunks have sprayed
- Where the skunks den site is.
- How long the skunks have been there.
- The number of skunks present.
How We Clean Up After Skunk Spray
Each skunk removal process, and the amount of the damage caused is different. For any homeowner sharing their property with skunks, there is always a risk that they could spray. If a startled skunk unleashes its pungent odor under your deck, porch or crawlspace it can permeate an entire home making it a very unpleasant place to live. Skunk spray is incredibly powerful and the smell can linger for weeks and attach itself to clothes and furniture.
The key to eliminating skunk odor is getting liquid odor control products in direct contact with the sprayed wood or concrete surface. Unfortunately, cleaning a skunk den site can be a challenge as access to where they have made their home is often limited. The spaces below decks, sheds and porches (particularly concrete porches) are not often built for humans to get into. Trust Skedaddle’s technicians to get into the hard to reach places below decks, porches and sheds to apply odor controlling products that can help speed up the odor elimination process.
The intensity of a single skunk spray odor will naturally decline in the weeks following the incident. When homeowners experience persistent and lingering skunk odor that seems to increase in strength during periods of high humidity it often can be attributed to a skunk carcass on the property. If a skunk dies below a front step, porch or deck the carcass can continue to produce skunk odor as the body decomposes and it can last for months. To reduce the odor quickly it is necessary to safely and carefully remove the carcass. Skedaddle technicians utilize a number of tools and techniques to safely gain access to the den site so that the source of the odor can be retrieved. That could involve removing deck boards, cutting holes through plywood or crawling into the tightest of cavities.
The Health Risks Posed by Skunks
One of the most important reasons to have a professional cleaning of your property after skunks have been removed is the dangerous bacteria and diseases they can spread to humans. Skunks often make their home under decks and in crawlspaces, which are often used by homeowners for storage. If skunks are able to occupy these spaces for an extended period they can soil personal items with their droppings and urine, leaving a mess that needs to be cleaned up.
Skunk droppings, which will likely be found in or around the den site, can contain roundworms, which are parasites that can cause a deadly infection in humans called Baylisascaris. This can become a dangerous safety hazard to children playing in the backyard, who often pick up materials before knowing they are dangerous.
Human exposure to skunk’s urine can result in Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can cause muscle pain, headaches, and high fever, although some cases are asymptomatic. The safety of your pets are also at risk when exposed to the diseases that skunks carry. Skunks carry a disease called distemper in their infected urine that impacts various mammals, including cats and dogs. This disease can severely impact the neurological system of the animal that was exposed to it. Due to the many health and safety risks that skunks pose, it is essential to act quickly, and enlist processionals for a skunk removal that keeps you and your family safe. Our trained technicians can eliminate the bacteria and safely remove soiled organic and inorganic materials from your property.
Why You Need Skunks Removed Quickly
The longer that skunks are present under your deck or shed, the higher risk of exposing your family and pets to the bacteria they carry and their horrible spray. The smell of skunks can linger for weeks and can often leak into your home from the deck where the den site is located. The best way to avoid the offensive and disruptive smell of skunks is to remove them from your property and prevent their entry. The longer skunks are allowed to make their home on your property, the greater the chance for an unexpected spray and a costly clean up.
Skunk burrowing and digging below decks and sheds can, in some cases, weaken footings and lead to structural damage. This is why a quick removal is essential in order to limit the amount of damage done. The longer you leave skunks to live on your property, the greater the risk for structural damage, skunk spray and lawn repair for the holes they dig in your lawn.