Pest Control Tips: How to Get Rid of a Skunk

Several control methods are utilized by the wild life control experts of Miller Pest Control. Some of the techniques include biological deterrents and repellents, both of which need to be applied by a trained professional. Another method is installing a one way door, allowing the skunk to exit the dwelling but not able to re-enter. The technician would then seal up the areas involved. Specialized skunk traps may also be utilized

After the skunk issue has been resolved it is highly recommended that corrective measures be taken for the future prevention of skunk entry

Miller Pest Control’s highly trained wildlife control technicians are able to complete any repairs and make structural changes that are necessary to prevent further issues

How to Identify a Skunk Infestation

  • The most recognizable sign of a skunk infestation is their distinct odour. They have two internal glands at the base of the tail that can produce a thick, oily liquid which contains sulfur compounds The skunk uses this as a defense mechanism. Skunks can spray it up to 15 to 20 ft. and up to 6 times in succession
  • They have a black body and white stripes with a body size comparable to a house cat
  • Some other indicators of skunk activity may include foraging damage. They may dig furrows in the ground, causing damage to lawns, or rip open garbage bags

How to Prevent a Skunk Infestation

  • Make sure there are no holes next to structures where they could potentially create a den
  • Existing holes should be filled with dirt or concrete, or covered with a sturdy wire mesh
  • Another way to discourage habitation is to remove any cover that the skunks may find appealing: brush, woodpiles, lush vegetation, old vehicles, etc.

Possible Health Concerns

  • Skunks are the #2 carrier of Rabies and account for more than 29% of reported cases. The most common method of rabies transmission is through bites or scratches that contain saliva that is infected. Rabies infection in humans can cause death
  • When a skunk sprays, if any gets into the eyes of humans or pets, pain and temporary blindness can occur

About Skunks

  • There are four species of skunks in North America, The striped being the most common
  • Skunks mate in February/March at which time females disperse and seek out separate dens to have a litter. Generally 4 to 7 young are born in May or June
  • They are mostly carnivorous and feed on rodents like moles, rats, mice and other small mammals
  • Skunks are mainly active in warmer months. They don’t hibernate, but will stay inactive in their dens for days to weeks during very cold weather conditions. They are nocturnal

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