Skunks are usually gentle and let-me-mind-my-own-business kind of animals. They are active at night when they look for insects and small animals to eat. They may even visit your garden in search of corn or other plants that are easily reached.
Skunks can be found all over the country, and they come in 4 different species including the striped skunk and the spotted skunk. Skunks could be beneficial to you and your garden.
You will usually find skunks digging up and feeding on the larvae of hornworms, Japanese beetles, cutworms and other insects that mess with your plants and crops. If they stopped here, they would be the perfect pest, but they don’t. They go ahead and destroy the crops that they are helping save by eating the worms.
Not forgetting the thing that skunks are most known for- the foul and robust fluid that they are so adept at spraying. They do this when they are threatened and cornered. One thing no one wants to experience is getting a faceful from a skunk. So, can you identify a skunk problem by the foul smell they produce? Let’s find out.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A SKUNK PROBLEM
Appearance- The average skunk is about 20 to 30 inches long from nose to tail. They normally weigh between 6 to 10 pounds. Skunks have distinct fur that is striped black and white, and long claws, which they dig with
Behavior – Skunks are only active at night, and generally live alone. When threatened, skunks will let loose a foul-smelling spray in their defense. They have powerful forelegs that are used for digging for food and to create a den.
Skunks would normally stay away from humans; although, you may sometimes catch a glimpse of a skunk around your house if they have made themselves comfy on your property. Most skunks will not invade your home, but they will dig to create a den in a yard.
Odor- One of the best ways of identifying if you have a skunk problem is by their odor, unfortunately. Even if they don’t spray, there is a musty smell that accompanies them that you can notice if you keep smelling it everywhere. That might mean that you have a skunk somewhere.
WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE SKUNKS
Skunks may be attracted to your home for the following reasons:
– Skunks search for food at night and as such, they can find themselves anywhere ranging from a rural farm, suburban home to an urban apartment. They are attracted to food, and everyone has a garbage can full of delicious food that skunks would love to gorge themselves on.
– Skunks will also take up residence under a shed, a porch, basement, crawl space, wherever they can find shelter.
– Chicken coops in your yard also attract skunks. They can kill the chickens and also eat their eggs.
REASONS TO TREAT YOUR SKUNK PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY
If you have a skunk problem in your home, docile and relatively harmless as they can be, you should take care of it for the following reasons:
– Skunks will eject their noxious spray if nervous or provoked. The fluid they spray out can get on your skin, clothes, and pets and while it may cause a little burn (if it gets into your eyes, it becomes more than a little), the biggest issue is the amount of time the stench lingers – about four or five days.
– While skunks can be beneficial in that they eat a lot of smaller animals including grubs, moles, and other pests that are known to harm vegetation, skunks can also cause a lot of damage to your yard and garden. They feed on plants, leaves, buds, even fruits, and berries.
– It is normal for skunks to dig around for the grubs and insects that they eat. This messes up your lawn and could also uproot plants in your garden.
– If you let skunks have a go at your garbage can, secondary issues can arise. For instance, the garbage can get scattered around which can, in turn, attract other pests and pose a health risk to you and your family
HOW TO HANDLE SKUNK PROBLEM
As you can notice, skunk control and elimination is a delicate process that requires the subtle touch of a professional. You are in good hands because our local experts are veterans of several skunk removals and will be able to humanely handle the local specie of skunk that is common in your area.
You will not have to worry about skunks smelling up your house again. You can reach out to one of the verified local pest control experts near you right on this platform, and your skunk problem will become history.
TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER SKUNK INFESTATION
After you have successfully taken care of your skunk problem, you might want to make sure that the odoriferous animal cannot make its way back. Here are some tips on how you can prevent that:
– Light is probably the best skunk repellent available. They have sensitive eyes and as such hate light. Any bright light or a motion-activated floodlight will scare them away.
– You can make use of predator urine (coyote, dogs) to scare away skunks. These are usually sold in garden centers, but make sure you are getting it from a responsible brand, one that follows state and federal regulations.
– Because skunks love to eat grubs and insects, it could be a good idea to treat your garden to reduce the population of their food source. This makes your garden less attractive to them.
– If you want to protect your deck or shed, then a good way to keep them out is to seal those areas with chicken wire. Make sure the wire goes inside the ground for at least an additional foot, discourages the skunk from digging under to gain access.
– Skunks like to eat where they did not work, they go after low hanging fruit like garbage and forgotten pet food. Simply securing your garbage and remembering to bring in the pet food could be effective in keeping the pests out.