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Skedaddle Milwaukee: What Skunks are Up to In Winter

During the summertime, it is quite common to see a striped skunk near your house or in your yard. Fortunately, this is not the case during winter. They tend to make themselves scarce and spend the whole winter sleeping, but they do not enter a full state of hibernation- if need be, they will wake up and go out to look for food. What can be somewhat tricky with skunks is the fact that they usually dig their winter burrows underneath spaces that belong to humans. If you have noticed that there are skunks on your Milwaukee property, especially during winter, it means it is time for professional animal control.

Where Do They Spend Their Winter?

Striped skunks will usually occupy several dens during the course of the year, and will move dens if they feel their current one is threatened or insufficient. During the cold months, skunks seek residence under people’s porches or decks. When the temperature drops, a skunk prepares its den through using leaves and grass in order to block the entrance and keep out the cold air. Sometimes striped skunks burrow with each other to stay warm, but this is not the case with male skunks during other seasons- they are tolerant only during winter time.

How Do They Survive During Wintertime?

The winter denning season lasts five months – from November to March. During that time, skunks will continue to feed themselves since they cannot consume large enough amounts of food to keep them full the whole season. This means that they do not enter a state of hibernation. Instead, they enter a state of torpor, which is a deep sleep from which they awake from time to time. Torpor is influenced by the availability of food and temperature, which means that they wake up when feeling that they are hungry. This happens only at night, so you will not be able to see a skunk in your yard during the day even if there is one.

Skunks white stripe helps to blend during winter months.

Preventing Skunks From Settling in Your Yard

Since you know that you can find a skunk below any addition of your home, there is a way in which you can prevent them from spending winter there. You can bury heavy wire mesh in the ground; of course, it is advisable to do this before winter comes, since it would be much more difficult for you to bury it when the ground is frozen. In addition to this, it is better to make sure that there is no wildlife in there before doing this. But, if you are unsure that there are animals living under your deck or porch, it is best to contact professional wildlife services for help.

Identifying Skunk Dens Before Winter

Of course, it is much easier to notice when a skunk finds its home in your yard during summer – during winter time, it is not that easy. If you have heard from your neighbors that they have problems with skunks, you need to be proactive in identifying any trouble before the winter sets in. If it happens that there is a skunk that has made its den below your porch or deck, keep in mind that professional skunk removal services for your Milwaukee home are the best course of action. If this is on your mind, turn to Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – a company that has been helping homeowners deal with animals invading their properties for close to three decades. Skedaddle’s stellar reputation is a direct result of our humane approach to each and every home invasion, so get in touch with us today and let experienced professionals rid your property of wildlife quickly and effectively.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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