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Skunks are common in urban areas. These mammals are best known for their ability to secrete a liquid with a strong, foul odor. 911 Wildlife provides humane skunk removal from your home or building. Call today for a professional inspection.
Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material and changing their diet as the seasons change. They eat insects and larvae, earthworms, small rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles, and eggs. They also commonly eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi, and nuts. In settled areas, skunks also seek human garbage. Less often, skunks may be found acting as scavengers, eating bird and rodent carcasses left by cats or other animals. Pet owners, particularly those of cats, may experience a skunk finding its way into a garage where pet food is kept. Skunks commonly dig holes in lawns in search of grubs and worms. Skunks are one of the primary predators of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this to their young. During the day, they shelter in burrows that they dig with their powerful front claws, or in other man-made or natural hollows as the opportunity arises. These include decks, patios, sheds, and pier and beam foundations and other structures. They may even dig underneath concrete foundations.
Skunks are very docile, benign animals whose severe near-sightedness often gets them in trouble. Their odor is famous and strikes fear in everyone who encounters them. A skunk’s only defense is a noxious odor created by a sulfuric acid “fired” from their anal glands. But skunks have a limited supply of ammunition and they can’t “reload” very quickly, so they don’t waste their defensive spray. Instead, they stamp their front feet as a warning if another creature gets too close, giving ample opportunity for the “threat” to back off.
Q. There’s a baby skunk running around by day – is the skunk rabid?
A. It’s possible, yet it’s more likely that the skunk has lost sight of the mother because skunks are so near-sighted. If there’s no risk of human contact, watch to see if the baby finds the den or if the mother retrieves him. Sometimes as baby skunks get older, they come out to explore while the mother is away. Most of the time they don’t appear without her, however. An orphaned baby will appear frantic. If the skunk appears to be truly orphaned, call 911 Wildlife. Keep an eye on, but don’t touch the skunk and keep all people and companion animals away. You can put a plastic laundry basket upside-down over the skunk to temporarily contain the animal while waiting for the mother to return. Approach the skunk slowly and talk softly — if the skunk gives a warning by stamping the front feet, then stand still or back off. You can approach again after the animal calms down. Do not risk being bitten.
Adult skunks often make grunting sounds, which is normal – but a continued, high shriek may indicate rabies.
- See more about rabies here.
Q: Skunk removal from my garage?
A: Skunks commonly wander into open garages when the door is left open. Just open the garage door before dark. Skunks have terrible eyesight so as long as you move slowly and quietly, the skunk will hardly notice you. Leave a 2-foot band of flour across the outside of the garage and watch for footprints to confirm that the skunk has left. To neutralize any unpleasant odor, a non-toxic deodorizer called “Odors Away” can be purchased at hardware stores.
Q. My dog has been sprayed. How do I remove the stench?
A. There are a number of widely publicized home remedies – such as tomato juice – which are ineffective at removing skunk odor. Here is a recipe which works for dogs, clothes, skin, etc.:
One quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp. liquid dish or laundry soap
Mix these 3 ingredients together, then dip a washrag in the solution and rub down the dog. Rinse and the odor will disappear within minutes. A word of warning: hydrogen peroxide may give a dark-furred animal “rust-colored highlights”.
Q. Skunks are digging up my lawn. how do I stop this?
A. This is a seasonal problem associated with periods of heavy rain or over-watering. The skunks are merely digging up grubs that come close to the surface of the soil when the ground is wet. As soon as the soil dries, the grubs will descend, the skunks won’t smell them, and the grubbing activity will cease. Although unsightly, this activity will not permanently damage the lawn. The easiest solution is merely to wait it out. Also, be careful not to over-water your lawn. To repel the skunks, sprinkle cayenne pepper on the lawn, or spray a homemade mix of 1 cup castor oil, 1 cup liquid dish soap, mixed with a gallon of water (in a spray can) to deter the skunk from grubbing in a certain area. Beneficial nematodes, available at organic gardening centers, are an excellent way to remove grubs, thus removing the food source which attracts skunks (and other animals such as armadillos). In addition, skunks are often wrongly blamed for eating garden vegetables. They are actually eating Japanese beetles, grubs and other insects.
Q. Skunk removal from under my deck/shed?
A. Skunks will take advantage of cavities under decks and sheds to raise their young. However, they are monadic by nature and will usually leave when the young are old enough. The simplest option is to wait for the skunks to leave on their own, and then seal off their entry hold with hardware cloth. We don’t encourage trapping because starving young are likely to be left behind. You can encourage the skunks to evict themselves sooner by spraying a repellant around your shed or poking some ammonia-sprinkled rags underneath, yet be careful not to poke the skunks!
If you can’t wait for the skunks to leave on their own, call 911 Wildlife to install a one-way door over a main entry (and seal any other openings). The animal can get out, but not back in.
Q. I have a cat door and found a skunk in my house. What do I do?
A. Try to isolate the skunk in one room by closing all doors and erecting barriers (such as screens or boards) to gently funnel the skunk back out the way he came in. Cat doors pose a continual problem because skunks and other wildlife smell the cat food inside and can’t resist. We recommend eliminating cat doors altogether and training your cats to become indoor cats; their lifespan will be 13-15 years versus outdoor cats who only live 2-5 years. In addition, outdoor cats kill hundreds of millions of birds every year and three times as many small mammals. If you absolutely cannot keep your cat indoors, put out the cat food at a certain time in the middle of the day while nocturnal wild animals are sleeping. If you must have a cat door, either lock them at night (remember skunks are generally nocturnal) or get the magnetic kind which only opens when signaled by a collar on the cat’s neck.
Q. There’s a skunk in my pool. How do I get him out?
A. Skunks fall into pools fairly often because of their poor eyesight. You can easily save the skunk by putting a pool skimmer or broom underneath him. Often the skunks are exhausted from swimming and may need some time to recover. If the skunk does not leave on his own after two hours, contact 911 Wildlife.
Q. I found a dead mother skunk, surrounded by babies. What do I do?
A. Contact 911 Wildlife immediately. You can put an upside-down laundry basket over the skunks so they don’t wander off while you wait for assistance.
Q. Do I need to worry abut my children being attacked by a skunk?
A. Skunks are not aggressive. Their defense is spraying rather than biting or scratching. Due to their near-sightedness, skunks may wander up to a child, or orphaned young may follow a child, unable to discern that it is a person. These instances are infrequent yet it is vital to teach your child to avoid any contact with wild animals and instead enjoy watching them from afar.
Q. Do I need a trapper to solve my problem?
A. Although people’s gut reaction may be to “get rid of the skunk”, trapping will not solve the problem because skunks from the surrounding area will soon replace any removed. As long as there’s skunk habitat, there will be skunks. Trapping merely creates turnover in the population. In addition, when animals are trapped during the birthing season, starving babies may be left behind. We discourage trapping unless an animal is stuck somewhere and can’t get out. The answer is prevention through exclusion: animal-proof your home by sealing up all holes. Call 911 Wildlife for assistance.