Skunks
Animals digging in your yard? Skunk odors? Skunks under your home or porch? These are oftentimes indicators that skunks are living on or near your property. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective skunk removal and exclusion services.

Description

Skunks are well-known for their foul, pungent smell. Most know to steer clear of the animals or risk the wrath of their specialized defense mechanism. There are multiple species of skunks but the most common in the stripped skunk, which is generally what a person would think of when describing the animal. Skunks are increasingly common throughout North America and Cape Cod is no exception.

Appearance

Skunks have very distinct characteristics and are easily recognizable by most. If their smell doesn't give them away, these characteristics will.

  • Distinct black and white markings
  • Long claws used for digging
  • Two outward-bowing, thick stripes along their backs, which join together near their tails
  • White patches on their heads
  • Weigh between 3 and 10 pounds 
  • Measure between 15-25 inches lengthwise

Habitat

In many cases, these nocturnal animals prefer to live in open areas such as prairies, pastures, and forest edges. However, skunks have adapted and are comfortable living in highly populated areas due to the resources typically provided by humans. These animals are capable of surviving in most climates. During Cape Cod winters, skunks rely on stored body fat for continued nourishment and may remain holed up in dens for several consecutive days or weeks.

Problems

Entry

Nourishment available in areas of human activity compels skunks to live under buildings, decks, and patios, as well as digging dens in yards allowing them easy access to the resources provided by humans. These scavengers eat just about anything, including rodents, garden vegetation, grubs, and other insects, and often venture into trash bins for leftover food.

Damage

Aside from the damage caused by digging, and scavenging for food, skunks cause the most damage when they feel threatened and in many cases, at that point it is too late. Sprayed from the anal glands, skunk secretions cause horrible odors and temporary blindness. With this defense, skunks can hit predators and people up to 10 feet away. Although skunks are detested for their odor, they also damage landscapes, plants, and structures when they dig for food. One of the most common carriers of rabies, skunks are also known transmitters of canine distemper, hepatitis, tularemia, and Q-fever.

Control

Control and Safety

While methods, like placing fences on property, help deter skunks, more effort than that is often needed to seriously reduce the possibility of infestation. Property owners should make sure that skunks cannot get under building foundations by sealing openings with mesh wire and other materials. Individuals can also attempt to limit food and water availability. Doing this by securing trash bins, limiting rodent populations, and blocking entry to pet and livestock feeds. Keeping landscapes free of debris, such as overgrown shrubs and firewood piles, is also a good way to deter skunks.

Trapping and Removal

Landowners risk the possibility of being sprayed when they approach skunks. Mishandling can also lead to bites, which require immediate professional medical attention. So, instead of attempting removal, property owners should call Critter Control of Cape Cod to assist with any skunk problems. We employ only expert-level pest professionals to ensure jobs are done the right way and in the safest way possible for both property owners and the animals.

We can help you get rid of skunk problems! Call the Critter Control of Cape Cod office today: 508.690.0076

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