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The Damage Skunks Can Do and How Wildlife Removal Services Can Help

Anyone who has had a close encounter with a skunk will tell you that skunks have earned their notoriety, especially due to their penchant for spraying perceived threats with their foul-smelling fluid. But they can also inflict damage to properties that they have decided to call home. The best way to avoid a skunk nuisance is to engage wildlife removal services to clear them from your property as soon as you suspect their presence.

Skunks – An Overview


Milwaukee’s skunks come in two types, the common striped variety and the rarer spotted skunk. They typically live in dens in forest areas, but they do sometimes establish dens on farms and residential properties. You’ll know you have skunks lurking around if you notice skunk feces or you get a whiff (hopefully just a whiff!) of their odor. You may even spot a skunk or two scampering around your property at night.

Reasons to Keep Skunks at Bay


Skunk fluid carries a noxious smell that is so stubborn that you will have to exert extra effort to reduce its potency. It is understandable that skunks use their spray to protect themselves against perceived threats but why does it have to smell so bad? You may ask. The smellier the spray, the more effective it is. Mother Nature simply decided to arm them with the best predator repellant in her arsenal. Interestingly too, scientists have discovered the same chemical compound (called thiols) that are found in skunk spray in rotting flesh and feces!

My encounter with the bad smelling fluid has remained in my mind for years. It took days for me to relieve my poor dog of that smell. I tried everything, from the famously touted tomato juice bath to beer and commercial skunk scent removers. The scent remained. The skunk was winning. I was exasperated but did not give up. What finally did the trick (thankfully!) was a combination of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda. Of course, my pup had to stay away from the rest of the family until the stench wore off and this was quite traumatic and heartbreaking for all of us.

But the stink of skunk spray is not the only downside to skunk presence. Skunks are also responsible for much damage to homes and property in communities that they occupy. While searching your lawn for pesky insects to eat, they dig holes that leave you with an unsightly mess where you once had grass.

If you have farm animals skunks could be a problem for you. They eat eggs and destroy beehives as these are simply meal opportunities for them. They may also transmit diseases to farm animals and pets as well as people.

Professional Skunk Removal Service to the Rescue


In Milwaukee, Skedaddle has a team of expert wildlife technicians that stand ready to aid you in your skunk removal needs. Skedaddle offers high quality, professional effective and humane wildlife removal services. Our service starts with a full evaluation of your property during which we gather information on the extent and nature of the intrusion. This information is then used to determine the removal approach that will be implemented. While removing skunks from your property, Skedaddle’s wildlife technicians will be aided by specialized tools to protect ourselves from being sprayed. After the skunk is safely removed, we will clear the area of any possible dens, then install prevention measures to keep them from returning. With Skedaddles help, you can be sure your property will remain skunk free.

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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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