Skunk Removal Services
If you discover that your home has a skunk problem, the first thing you will need is an experienced, reliable and professional skunk removal service who can help you get rid of these unwanted animals and get your home back to normal.
The potential damage which can be caused by skunks – not to mention the smell – means that any removal needs to be fast and thorough, and we pride ourselves on offering both of these from our team of experts.
What Are Skunks?
Skunks are North and South American mammals who can be easily identified thanks to their black and white striped coats. They will also have a white stripe on either side of their head, and this sweeps down their back and sides. As a rule, they weigh anything from 4 to 10 pounds and are 24-40 inches in length. Perhaps most importantly, they are known for their strong smell which is sprayed to deter predators and mark territory.
What Are The Issues With Skunks?
There are three main reasons why homeowners need to act quickly with a skunk infestation, and the most common complaints include:
Risk of disease
Left unchecked, skunks have a significant risk of carrying diseases such as rabies, parvo, and distemper, and these can have serious consequences for both humans and family pets – especially dogs. If you are concerned that you may have been scratched or bitten by a skunk, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Damage to property
Skunks are also big diggers, and this can result in an unsightly lawn, damage to your plants and garden, and even a risk of structural damage if they begin to dig beneath the house or porch. Skunks also have the potential to cause damage to your insulation and ventilation systems, and these can be very expensive to repair.
Skunks will scent mark to indicate that this is their territory and have been known to mark humans, animals, and spaces. If they spray onto concrete, this will seep into the surface and spread through the house, where it can be very difficult to eliminate; many owners have to replace the material altogether.
Can I Stop Skunks From Appearing?
The best way to prevent an infestation is to make your home as unappealing as possible for skunks. Some tips to help with this include:
Make sure they have nowhere to live – skunks tend to make their homes in dark, small spaces such as crawl spaces, or the areas under sheds or porches. You can block these off with fences or gravel to minimize the chances of entry. You should also remove brush piles, and check for and block off any other animal nests on your property – if these have been abandoned, a skunk may take full advantage.
Cut off their food source – skunks are greedy and primarily attracted to food, so it is important to secure all garbage cans and pet food and pick up any fruit which may drop from trees as soon as you can.
The key is to make your home as inviting as possible for skunks – this reduces the chances of them becoming comfortable and causing a problem.
Can I Get Rid of Skunks?
Once a skunk has established itself, it can be quite tricky to remove. Their ability to spray means that catching and trapping them is difficult, and is something which should be attempted by an expert. The diseases carried by these animals is also a risk, and a scratch or bite could result in a nasty infection, and potentially very serious consequences.
We have the tools, skills, and experts to help you take care of your skunk problem quickly and efficiently while ensuring a humane experience for the animals. We will start by inspecting the property to ensure a complete overview of the situation, and make sure that we have accounted for all the skunks on the premises.
Once we have an idea of the situation, we will quickly trap and remove the skunks humanely and in a way which is safe for everyone, and finish by helping you take steps to prevent reinfestation, including advising on potential entry points or food sources.