Skunk Removal & Control
PORTLAND OR – VANCOUVER, CAMAS & LONGVIEW WA
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. They range in size from about 3 to 15 pounds, and typically have black fur with a white stripe across its back. Skunks can also be brown, cream or grey colored. Skunks are fascinating animals, yet if they choose to make your home their den, it can quickly escalate into a pest problem for you and your family.
Identification: About the size of a house cat, the striped skunk’s fur is black with a white stripe on its head and neck extending down the back, and usually separating into two white stripes.
Feed on: Skunks prefer eggs, eating those of ground-nesting birds, but they will also feed on insects, grubs, small rodents, snakes, frogs, mushrooms, berries and fruit, pet food, bird food, and garbage.
Habits: Skunks often den in abandoned burrows dug by ground squirrels, fox, or coyotes. They will also harbor in brush piles, hollow logs, and culverts, as well as beneath decks, porches, and buildings. They are attracted to residential areas by the ready availability of food, water, and shelter.
The Problem: Skunks are not only an odorous annoyance when threatened, they are carriers of numerous diseases, including rabies, leptospirosis, listeriosis, canine distemper, canine hepatitis, Q-fever, tularemia, and trypanosoma. They will also eat garden fruits and dig for grubs and other insects. They may also damage lawns by rolling back sections of sod in search of insects.
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Common questions about Skunks
Are Skunks normally dangerous?
Skunks are not necessarily dangerous, however they can prove to be quite a nuisance. It is rare that a skunk will bite or attack a human, but it is not unheard of. If a skunk feels threaten, they will hiss, growl and stomp their feet before spraying their 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. Skunks have a limited supply of liquid to spray, and it can take up to 10 days for them to replenish their supply.
How to determine if you have a Skunk nesting in or around your home?
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. Skunks also like to eat garbage. If you find your garbage is a mess on a consistent basis that could also be an indicator of a skunk pest issue as they are known for tearing apart garbage bags. Additionally, if you find the fruits of your garden missing, that too could indicate a skunk problem.
Where do Skunks normally build their nests?
If a skunk has decided to make your home his own, there are several places you can find him burrowing. Skunks like to build dens in gardens, underneath decks, beneath wood piles, and below building foundations.
What type of food do Skunks normally eat?
Skunks are omnivorous creatures. They feed on insects, mice, fruit, garbage, garden vegetables, larvae, lizards, earthworms and animal carcasses left by other animals.
Hiring an experienced Skunk removal company
Skunk removal is extremely tricky, especially if you want to avoid being skunked. There are many factors associated with permanent skunk removal, which makes locating professional pest control services extremely important and desirable. Aside from skunk trapping and removal, insect infestations would need to be addressed as well in addition to any potential denning areas for new skunks.
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