All About Skunk Removal
Skunks have white striping down the back and tail, and a strong-smelling defensive spray. Skunks eat berries, roots, insects, worms and small rodents. They are excellent diggers and live in burrows. You can find skunks in vents, in your garage and around the home. In urban areas, skunks can live under decks, sheds and porches. They give birth in late May or early June and have litters of 4-7 kits. Female skunks are extremely maternal and kits stay with their mothers for a full year, at which point they are ready to go on their own and mate. A skunk’s main defense against predators is a very strong and smelly liquid that can be sprayed with accuracy up to 10 ft. If necessary, skunks can spray 5-6 times in a row.
How to Get Rid of Skunks
Skunk removal can be smelly business! It is common for homeowners to do a lot of things wrong when trying to get rid of skunks.
Some common mistakes homeowners make are:
- Blocking skunk den entry holes. Some home owners will try to block or cover an entry to stop the animal from getting back under the structure. This can trap the skunk and it may die if it cannot find another way out.
- Using home remedies such as cayenne pepper and moth balls. These are not effective.
- Trapping skunks and relocating them. Some homeowners try to trap and relocate the skunks but this can lead to the home owner getting sprayed. This is an illegal practice and is not a permanent solution. Also, if a mother skunk is removed from her young, the kits are likely to die of starvation.
What we do:
- We install a one-way skunk exit on the point of entry.
- We install preventative screening around the perimeter of the shed, deck or porch to ensure skunk re-entry does not occur.
- We return to remove the one-way skunk exit, and permanently seal the entry.
Our experience has taught us exactly what it takes to successfully and safely evict skunks from under your structures permanently. We offer a 5-10-year guarantee of skunk control and humane skunk exclusion on the premises