Skunk Removal and Control
Are you experiencing a skunk problem such as their foul odor? Have you seen a skunk digging up your lawn or burrowing around your home?
Skunks are nocturnal creatures that forage for their food. Skunks like mole crickets, grubs, earthworms, and other small insects, but skunks will also eat small rodents, frogs, and lizards. Skunks damage lawns and landscaping while rooting around for their food. Skunks also dig large dens under porches, sheds, decks, and sometimes under the foundation of homes. People often smell the skunk because it has marked its territory by spraying its
A major concern with skunks is that they can carry rabies. In fact, in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported 1,446 cases of skunks infected with rabies. Skunks ranked # 2 accounting for 23.5% of all rabies cases in 2010 (raccoons were # 1 accounting for almost 37% of all cases, and bats were # 3 accounting for 23.2% off all cases). It is highly recommend that skunks be humanely removed from residential and commercial properties to avoid possible exposure to the rabies virus.
Skunks are not the hardest animal in the world to trap, but special precautions must be taken to avoid being sprayed by the skunk. Skunks can be removed by setting traps baited with canned cat food. You can either use a standard raccoon-sized trap, or specially designed skunk traps that shield you from being sprayed when you pick up the trap. Either one will work, in fact, we use both. If you decide to use a standard raccoon-sized trap, put something over it like a towel or blanket. The trap should be placed where the skunks has been seen the most. The most common place skunks are a problem is under porches and decks. Setting the trap around these areas are always a sure bet.
The most effective way to remove a skunk from your property is to humanely trap it and relocate it. Most people choose to hire a professional skunk trapper to remove the skunk and relocate it to avoid being sprayed by the animal.
The best thing you can do to prevent skunks is to exclude them from the most common areas they look for. Installing an exclusion barrier around your porch or deck will keep them from digging under and. You should also keep pet food in sealed containers inside the home.
Skunk Removal Pricing
We do not list prices for our services on our website. If your experiencing a skunk problem, contact our office and we will be happy to give you a firm price over the phone for trapping and removing the skunk. If you would like a price for exclusion barriers to keep skunks out in the future, we offer on-site inspections and estimates at no charge.
How Do I Get Rid Of Skunk Smell?
If you or your pet has been sprayed by a skunk, visit our blog article “How to get rid of skunk smell”.
How Do I Repel Skunks?
There are many Skunk repellants available. Check out our blog article “Do Skunk Repellents Work”
You can learn more about skunks on our skunk facts page.