Skunk odor is not a giveaway that a skunk is nesting around your home. They could just be walking through, or they may have sprayed another animal that is carrying the scent. Skunks commonly dig holes in gardens and lawns looking for grubs and bugs, as they have long and strong nails. If you find 3-4 inch cone shaped holes on your property that may indicate that you have a skunk problem.
- Appearance: Skunks typically have black fur with a white stripe across their backs. They can also be brown, cream or grey colored.
- Size: Range in size from about 3 to 15 pounds
- Feeds On: insects, mice, fruit, garbage, garden vegetables, larvae, lizards, earthworms and animal carcasses
- Nests: Skunks build dens in gardens, underneath decks, beneath wood piles, and below building foundations.
- Concerns: Skunks are notorious for their ability to spray liquid that has an intensely horrid smell, and with remarkable precision at targets up to 15 feet away. If a skunk feels threatened, it will hiss, growl and stomp its feet before spraying its liquid. The liquid that skunks spray come from their anal scent glans, and is composed of a sulfur mixture that results in a strong odor that is difficult to remove.