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Skunk Removal

Skunks are more helpful in our yards than we realize because they eat dangerous pests, but because of their infamous stench and propensity to burrow under foundations, many homeowners would rather be without them.

Implementing an integrated skunk removal plan that uses techniques for both skunk removal and deterrence is the best way to get rid of a skunk.

It is not too difficult to identify skunks as a nuisance animal. It is impossible to deny their distinctive features, which include a white stripe running the length of their black fur and an odorous nose.

Getting Rid of Skunks?
Skunk removal

Being nocturnal animals, skunks’ distinct smell should not be surprising if you smell one without seeing one. If the smell persists, though, it may indicate that you have a skunk that lives in your yard and needs to be removed.

A homeowner should never attempt skunk control. These animals are the most prevalent rabies carriers in many regions of the nation. They also harbor illnesses like leptospirosis, tularemia, and canine distemper, which are spread by skunk bites.

When pets come into contact with their spray, they can smell it for several days. Skunks’ long nails can cause damage to plumbing, wiring, and foundations when they forage. Furthermore, the health hazards they present are sufficient justification for contacting pest control experts.

Discover More About Skunks

The first thing you should do is figure out if the damage and activity are related to skunks. Fortunately, skunks are a fairly simple species to recognize based on both appearance and scent:

  • A skunk’s fur and tail are marked with black and white stripes.
  • An adult skunk’s length can vary from 20 to 30 inches.
  • Skunks typically weigh six to ten pounds as adults.
  • Skunks are nocturnal, defensive animals that repel their enemies by emitting a potent chemical stench from their backs.
  • Being omnivores, skunks will sometimes uproot or dig plants to obtain insects, grubs, and vegetables for sustenance.

Ways to Locate Skunks

The next step is to examine the areas where your pest animal has been active or frequented after you have correctly identified it as a skunk.

Due to their nocturnal nature, skunks are typically invisible during the day and are most active at night. Skunks typically hide during the day in a small den or crawl space where they can burrow until nightfall. Skunks like to live in gaps under porches, sheds, houses, and heaps of hay or wood.

Remember that skunks can spray you from as far away as ten feet, so if you come across one, it’s best to stay away until it moves on.

The majority of skunk activity is visible during the day because they forage most actively at night. As scavengers, skunk damage to your property will be the most noticeable indicator.

In pursuit of insect pests like grubs, skunks will rip through turf grass, excavating into the soil. They will leave behind noticeable grass clumps, extensive turf damage, or even holes when they do this.

Trash cans that have been knocked over and litter all over the property are other indications that you have skunk activity. Also, you might notice the unique smell that skunks release when they feel threatened.

How Do You Keep Skunks Away?

  • Eliminate any food sources from the area. Skunks are invited to supper when waste is left out in the open in bags. Put all waste or unwanted items in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Because skunks are omnivores and may even attack smaller animals, make sure to lock the lids on your outdoor trash cans, get rid of any leftover pet food or corn that has been left out in farm pens, and keep eggs and poultry like ducks, geese, and chickens from roaming the yard.
  • Since skunks frequently eat turf, treat it with the proper insecticide or herbicide to minimize the presence of insects.
  • If you have crops or vegetable gardens, you should use chicken wire to protect your plants and crops from skunks.
  • Skunks can be discouraged from building dens on your property by sealing off openings beneath structures and objects.
  • Since rodents are another kind of food source for skunks, be sure to treat any infestations you may have and keep a watch on them.

What is the Importance of Having Skunks Removed?

It’s critical to get rid of any skunks living inside or outside of your property for the following reasons:

  • They spray sections of your lawn, posts, doors, and other surfaces to mark their territory.
  • Their fragrance will start to fill your home and the homes of your neighbors.
  • As they frolic around your property, they can spread bacteria or disease.
  • They end up damaging areas of your garden or property because they enjoy digging up and burrowing insects and grubs.
  • Sometimes they leave your yard completely messy, which means you have to clean it up when you wake up.
  • Your skunk problems will multiply twofold or threefold if they have babies.
  • Under decks, sheds, outdoor appliances, water tunnels, ditches, burrowed trees, pools, dense vegetation, and beneath a home’s foundation are among the places where skunks prefer to hide out.

Therefore, to guarantee that your skunk issues are handled properly and humanely if you see one coming from any of these parts of your property, go ahead and take the safe route by hiring a professional skunk removal specialist.

What Removes Skunk Smell?

The first thing you should do if you get skunked is take a quick bath or shower to get rid of the smell. Use dish soap that cuts grease or deodorant soap to wash your entire body. Use a shampoo designed for oily hair when washing your hair.

You can also spend fifteen to twenty minutes soaking in a baking soda bath. Add 2–4 cups of baking soda to a pot of boiling water. To get rid of the residue on your skin, rinse.

Most clothes and materials can have their skunk odor eliminated by washing them in hot water with a regular laundry detergent mixed with half a cup of baking soda. Next, let the clothes air dry. Continue doing this until the smell of the skunk is eliminated.

The smell of skunks can penetrate both soft and hard surfaces throughout a house. Bathe your pet outside if you can, if they have been skunked outside, to prevent them from bringing the odor inside.

Open all the windows and turn on the ceiling fans to let fresh air into your house. Allowing light to enter will aid in oxidizing the smell.

After placing bowls of vinegar in each room of the house, wait 24 to 48 hours, or until the smell disappears. To prevent the smell from returning to your house, replace the filters in your furnace, heaters, and air conditioners once the odor has disappeared.

Titan Pest Services Makes Getting Rid of Skunks Easy

Titan regards the local wildlife with the utmost respect. All creatures, no matter how ugly, have a role to play in maintaining the equilibrium of the ecosystem.

When removing a skunk from your property, it should be handled with care, even though it can be quite annoying. Titan experts work toward treating all animals, including skunks, with compassion.

Finding a skunk problem on the property requires a careful inspection, which is a crucial first step. A skunk may have multiple den sites and will travel up to three miles in search of food.

This suggests that the animal might be merely utilizing your yard as a passageway or a resting place, which presents a different scenario than a skunk making its den on your land.

A technician from Titan will search the area for skunk burrows and establish the most appropriate trapping program for your problem.

Skunks are captured by Titan using humane live-capture box traps. To prevent the animal from being startled by its surroundings, the sides of the box are covered. Additionally, it aids in containing any possible skunk spray.

Handling the empty den comes next after the skunk removal process is finished. Porches, decks, stoops, sheds, and a variety of other structures are all screened off by Titan to keep other animals from tunneling under to make a home.

Contact Titan right away if you’ve seen a skunk visiting your yard or if the smell of the skunk is getting stronger!