While skunks don’t hibernate in the traditional sense, they will often burrow underground in the winter to stay out of the cold. Like squirrels, skunks can be powerful diggers and can use their claws to take advantage of small openings in your property. Here’s what you need to know if you have a skunk on your property.
While many animals tend to live inside your home, skunks actually prefer the area underneath your home in most cases. They’ll commonly find or dig into open spaces below your building, although they also like other areas that are low to the ground like basements or porches. These dark, protected areas make a great den for skunks to settle long-term.
Although we most often associate skunks with their spray, skunks don’t typically spray in the same space they live. However, the risk of spray when attempting to trap a skunk does increase exponentially if the skunk can sense that it’s in danger. If the skunk does spray, the scent can linger and even absorb into fabrics and carpets in your space, leading to a long and costly deodorization process.
Skunks are also a primary carrier of the rabies virus across the US, including in Connecticut. You may also notice damage to your landscaping or garden as a result of skunks’ exceptional digging abilities. If you’ve noticed holes popping up in your yard, a skunk is one of many animals that may be to blame. Consider checking any underground spaces for signs of a skunk, or call our team right away to help assess the culprit.
Our skunk removal process
At Gray Brothers Wildlife LLC, we’ll begin our removal process with a thorough inspection of your home (or commercial building) and the surrounding area. Our goal is to identify any potential entry points so that we can later seal them off.
Once we’ve located all of the potential entry points, we’ll either trap and remove the skunk or seal off all but one entry point to force the skunk out. In most cases, trapping the skunk is the most effective approach. Here is a great resource to learn how to trap a skunk at wildliferemovalusa.com. We’ll also make sure to address any food sources that may be lingering in your space to improve the odds of success long-term. If there were any dead skunks left behind, we’ll take care of that removal process as well.
Our final step will be cleanup, including removing any skunk droppings that may be left in your space. This step is important to prevent any contaminants from spreading disease.
Rest assured that our entire process is designed to be both effective and humane for the animal involved. Our state-of-the-art technology, including drones, field cameras, borescopes, and thermal imaging allows us to gain a more thorough understanding of the problem before we begin, helping to ensure success and a smooth process for everyone involved. From start to finish, we carefully follow all applicable laws and regulations that govern the skunk’s removal.
How to Keep Skunks Out of My Home
Skunks have quite a reputation in the animal kingdom, thanks to their unmistakable scent. The black and white creatures are among the least attacked in the entirety of the animal kingdom, not because of their size, but because of the potency of their spray. Visit pestcontrolskunk.com to learn more about skunk removal.
And yet, people also seem to have a bit of a mistaken impression about skunks, in general. Although it’s common for skunks to spray other animals or even human beings when they feel threatened or cornered, they usually do this reluctantly. Skunks only have a finite amount of spray in their reserve, and exhausting that reserve leaves them vulnerable for days to come.
All of that being said, we at Gray Brothers Wildlife have decided to show you some common and efficient methods of keeping skunks out of your home.
Fence your property.
Skunks are notoriously good diggers, so you’ll want to install your fence a few feet into the ground, to make sure it doesn’t get uprooted or bypassed by skunks. But when installed properly, fencing can be a particularly useful method of keeping skunks and other wild animals off your property.
One of the best things about fences is that they work for other animals, as well, so really, you’re not just investing in a skunk prevention method, but so much more.
Beware bugs and rodents.
Skunks, like pretty much any other wild animal, are coming to your property looking for food and shelter. And among their favorite snacks, we’ve got all sorts of bugs, and even rodents. So a common issue we see in skunk-infested properties is that they also have bugs or rodents, which explains the problem.
Now, of course, nobody wants rats or mice on their property anyway, and if you’ve got this problem, you’re probably taking steps against it, anyway. Still, you need to keep in mind that rats and mice are often preferred prey for skunks, snakes, and other larger animals, so not doing anything about your rodent problem will eventually lead to larger issues.
Don’t leave food out.
This is a common issue for homeowners with pets, as they tend to leave pet food outside overnight, or unattended for long periods of time. This, of course, attracts wild animals like skunks, because at the end of the day, it’s free food. This is why we recommend that you always bring pet food leftovers inside overnight. Similarly, if you’ve got fruit trees or bushes in your backyard, make sure you pick up fallen fruit before locking your doors, as that too can attract skunks.
Clean up your yard.
Unlike other wild animals, skunks have got no issue living in your backyard. Favorite den sites include log piles, tall grass, overgrowth, and so on. This is why you should keep a close eye on your backyard. Make sure you trim the grass, bushes, and trees regularly, and also that you minimize rock or log piles, so as not to attract unwanted house guests.
Call a professional.
If you’re seriously worried about skunks on your property (either because of some local issue or previous experiences), you can always reach out to a professional wildlife removal company like Gray Brothers Wildlife. Aside from the removal process itself, we also specialize in inspecting properties and figuring out the appropriate prevention methods to ensure that wild animals are kept at bay.
Furthermore, a professional wildlife removal company can spot issues before they become a real problem. Things like a loose board in your fence can easily become a wild animal concern, and we’re here to help with that!