Skunks may seem relatively friendly but the truth is, they can (and will) be aggressive if they feel threatened. You should never assume a skunk will act friendly, especially if you encroach on a litter of kits. If you’re interested in learning more about skunks and the potential dangers of encountering one, this blog will review some of their habits as well as the dangerous qualities they possess.
What are typical skunk habits?
Skunks are nocturnal animals, which means most of their scavenging and feeding is done at night. These nuisance animals will eat both plants and animals, but they typically prefer small rodents or insects. Homeowners should always be wary of how they store their trash and/or compost bins because skunks will also happily eat trash, pet food, and anything else they can get their paws on.
Skunks are typically not aggressive creatures but if one happens to feel very threatened, it will lift its tail and spray an extremely stinky liquid up to 15 feet in one direction. This liquid puts out a putrid odor that is very difficult to get rid of.
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How much does a skunk smell?
The natural habits of skunks alone do not make them extremely dangerous, but there are plenty of reasons for you (and your four-legged family members) to keep your distance and to always seek professional help for skunk removal.
First and foremost, the odor skunk spray puts off is intolerable. If a skunk sprays somewhere in or near a home, skunk removal will almost always be necessary to get rid of the smell completely and remove the source for future protection. Skunk spray can also cause temporary blindness if the person or animal being sprayed gets too close.
What diseases do skunks carry?
Another common danger concerning skunks is disease. Skunks can carry distemper, histoplasmosis or even salmonella. If you have a skunk problem and your children come into contact with skunk feces, they are at risk of contracting the diseases these animals carry. Professional skunk removal can help rid your home of these serious health risks.
Do skunks bite?
Skunks typically do not bite, but if they spray and still feel threatened they may resort to it. Since skunks can also carry rabies, you should always see a doctor immediately if you are bitten by one.
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Professional Skunk Removal Services
As you can see, there are several reasons why you should never put up with a skunk or family of skunks on your property. At Animal Remover, our trained wildlife control specialists are always ready and able to handle any skunk problem. Whether you need emergency skunk removal or assistance skunk-proofing your home and property, we’re here to help.