From the charming Pepe Le Pew to the cute domesticated ones you see in YouTube videos, skunks have had some good PR that has almost made some people forget how much of a nuisance that their smell is. But like a zebra can’t change its stripes, a real wild skunk can’t hide its musk.
That odor is the easiest way to recognize that you have a skunk in close proximity. It’s unpleasant when you encounter a skunk wandering; it’s downright unsettling when you realize that you have one making itself at home in your yard.
In the early months of winter, skunks seek out shelter. In the later winter months, they seek a place to mate. Skunk litters of two to ten kits are then born, usually in April or May. One skunk is bad enough, but an entire litter of skunks living on your property is like living on an eventual smelly landmine. A professional animal removal service can handle the skunk family humanely and efficiently.
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How Do I Know if a Skunk Is in My Yard?
The obvious sign of a skunk is the smell. The odor that is most commonly associated with skunks is concentrated in a spray that they defensively release when they are alarmed. The sighting of a skunk is enough to startle both you and the striped stinker, easily leading to the spray being released. This is the major threat of having a skunk in close proximity—the risk of being sprayed.
Other signs that you might have skunks nearby are small holes around your yard. Skunks dig shallow holes when looking for food. You also might find deeper holes closer to your house, which they dig for shelter and even live underneath your home, shed or deck.
Contact Professional Animal Removal Services
If you have a skunk wandering your property, don’t run the risk of a close encounter. Don’t try to trap it yourself. Leave the extraction to the animal removal professionals. Our wildlife control professionals are trained for high-stakes animal removal and we will extract the skunk safely, so you don’t have to risk wearing the unmistakable stench.
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Take Precautionary Steps
After you’ve enlisted the help of Animal Remover’s animal removal specialists and your skunks have been extracted—or before you ever have a skunk problem—there are some steps you can take to deter the musky mammals from taking up residence on your property. Sealing your trash bags properly and making sure that your dumpsters have secure lids is an important step. Skunks are drawn to fruit and vegetation as well, so if you have fruit-bearing trees or shrubs, make sure that there’s no fallen fruit underneath to provide an easy food source. You may also fence in your garden spaces and remove possible water sources, or at least make them hard to reach.
If you need more guidance on how to handle skunks in your yard, the animal removal team from Animal Remover can help. Contact our office today to get a free quote and see how our team can help you with wildlife control.