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Skunks control

Skunks are black and white furry animals that are about 20 to 30cm long. They have strong forefeet and long claws perfectly designed for digging.

Skunks are mostly known for the foul-smelling spray that they emit when faced with danger. People have a tendency of killing skunks whenever they come across them due to fear of being sprayed. However, that is not the way to go.

Skunks don’t spray unless it’s really necessary and they often give out warnings before resorting to using their smelly defence mechanism.

This article is going to explore how to control skunks from invading your places, their habits, how to detect their presence, dangers caused by skunks and humane removal of skunks.

Skunks eat meat as well as fruits. If you have low hanging fruits at your place then you are probably sending out an open invitation to skunks to pay you a visit.

If you don’t want skunks in your yard make sure you take care of low hanging fruits in your fruit trees. And don’t throw away fruits in an open rubbish dump near your house.

Garbage can also lure skunks in your yard so make sure you empty garbage bins, do not forget pet leftovers outside at night.

Skunks are omnivores and can consume small animals including small insects, grubs and birds. This is good and bad news to you as they can help you get rid of small pests in your yard but not when they start preying on your livestock.

Skunks eat eggs as well as poultry so if you keep any poultry at your place you should constantly watch out for skunks. Make sure to lock your poultry fowl runs securely and pick eggs and keep them in a secure place if possible.

Skunks can make a habitat in wood and rock piles so don’t store woodpiles near your home and if you have piled rocks that can make a favourable environment for skunks then try to remove the rocks.

Skunks also prefer tree hollows and hollowed logs as shelter so make sure you don’t have any of these near your home and remove all logs near the house and if there is a hollowed tree, constantly look out for skunks.

Habits of Skunks

Skunks produce a foul-smelling spark when they feel that they are under attack.

Skunks are mostly nocturnal animals but can also go out during the day so it’s very difficult to see them.

They like to feed on small insects, fruits, berries and small animals too.

They usually dig in lawns looking for grubs. Skunks are mostly inactive in winter and very active in summer so they are most troublesome to humans during summer.

Skunks are also opportunistic scavengers so they usually raid rubbish bins at night and scatter the trash all over the place looking for food.

How to detect skunks in your home

It is much easier to smell a skunk than to see one. If you happen to smell faint musky smells under your building, woodpiles or anywhere then know that there might be a skunk nearby.

If you see some small shallow holes around the yard or on the lawn then know that it might be the work of a skunk because skunks dig for grubs in the ground leaving such evidence behind.

Sometimes you can see skunks during the day and make sure to stay clear of them and if you see them in your garage or storeroom just leave the door open and let them come out and leave on their own.

Don’t corner them or try to kill them as this won’t end well for the both of you.

You might succeed to kill it but it will leave you smelling for days. Also, skunks are rabies carriers so stay as far away from it as possible unless you want to contract rabies.

Damaged caused by skunks

Skunks are both helpful and a nuisance to humans. They help us control pests by eating them of course but they have their own fair share of damages they inflict on both mankind and pets. Skunks eat eggs and poultry so they prey on our livestock. This can cause great loss if the poultry or eggs are for commercial purposes.

Skunks also spread diseases like rabies to both people and animals so make sure you avoid interactions with skunks if you happen to meet them. Skunks give out warning signs before attacking but dogs can be so stubborn that they don’t heed those signs so you should restrain them as they can get rabies if they happen to be bitten by the skunk.

Skunks can be a nuisance as they damage lawns while looking for grubs. They can also destroy corn or vegetables in your garden.

Humane Removal of Skunks

If you happen to find a skunk anywhere it is better to leave it and wait for it to go away on its own accord.

Unless it has made its habitat at your premises don’t try to provoke the skunk or be aggressive towards it as it will spray.

If you find a hole that you might suspect to be a skunk habitat try to loosely cover the hole with some twigs, grass or dried leaves. Check to see if the leaves have been moved and if so then know that there is a skunk inside then find ways to evict it.

It is better to evict a skunk than cover the hole so that it will die of hunger. Keep on covering disturbing its peace in the whole until it gets the message and leaves to find somewhere peaceful. 

If this doesn’t work then you should force the skunk out of its hole by placing skunk repellents near its hole. You can place used kitten litter near the hole and the skunk will hopefully be forced to leave.

Do not try to kill the skunk. This is both animal cruelty and dangerous. Some skunks might have rabies and if you see a skunk that looks disoriented, paralyzed limbs, unprovoked aggression and rough fur know that it might have rabies and call wildlife authorities immediately.

It is better to call wildlife authorities, rehabilitators, animal control services, the health departments or the police if you happen to have skunk problems in your home.

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