Summer is here in Greater Cincinnati. It’s time for us to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Summer time is prime time for skunks, when they are most active and, consequently, the smelliest. Today’s blog from Animal Remover, your wild animal control expert, answers the question, “Why do I smell more skunks in the summer?”
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Kits Grow Up
Skunks give birth to their young, called kits, in the early spring. The kits are born blind and helpless. They’re completely dependent on their mothers for two months. Once June rolls around, the kits are old enough to forage for food on their own. This is when calls about skunk removal ramp up for wild animal control firms.
Part of the problem lies in the numbers. If a mother gives birth to two kits, there are twice as many skunks in the local population as there used to be. Skunks are solitary mammals, so they spread out to find their homes rather than live together in groups. These new skunks have to go somewhere, and wild animal control experts often get calls from new customers who have skunks on their hands for the first time.
Young Skunks Are Learning
Adult skunks spray as a last resort when they feel threatened. Experienced skunks know how to avoid animals and humans. Smelling more skunks in the summer comes from young skunks who are learning how to be skunks. Wild animal control experts typically see more skunk intrusions during the summer because juveniles go searching for food and places to make their dens. Kits are looking for unattended pet food, garbage, insects, mice, and even eggs from chicken coops. Some adventurous ones will also try to extract honey from beehives.
Skunks and Domesticated Animals
The major problem here is that young skunks will traverse the suburban landscape in search of food. They have a very good sense of smell, so their curiosity will lead them to the best source of food. As they get into your yard, skunks might run across domesticated animals. Wild animal control experts can help you avoid these unpleasant encounters with some tips and tricks.
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Wild Animal Control by Animal Remover
Animal Remover can help you prepare for the summer skunk season. Protect your family and your property with effective deterrents before you have to deodorize someone who got sprayed. Contact Animal Remover or call (513) 324-9453 for more details on our wild animal control services.