CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Most of us know what a skunk is; therefore have one thing in common. We take a quick gasp of air and either move away slowly or pick up speed to quickly run away when we spot one.
Wow can they be skunky! I guess that’s why they were given the name skunk.
When skunks experience a minor annoyance or feel threatened they emit a mere whiff of odor. They twist their bodies into a U shape, so their eyes and rump are confonting the threat. Than they aim a stream of nasty liquid directly at their enemy.
Types of Skunks
There are eight skunks species; American hog-nose skunk, eastern spotted skunk, hooded skunk, Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk, Molina’s hog-nosed skunk, pygmy spotted skunk, striped skunk, and the striped hog-nosed skunk. Only four species are found on this continent.
The striped skunk is the only species native to Ohio. So let’s give you a quick overview of the striped skunk.
- The striped skunk is an omnivore that eats small rodents, insects and plants.
- They have long black fur with two white stripes down their back to their bushy tail.
- They have a black pointed head where the white stripe narrows as it reaches the center.
- Typically the size of a house cat, the head and body length ranges from 13″ to 19″.
- The tail length is 7″ to 11″.
- Overall weight ranges from 3 to 14 lb.
- They take up residency and make their dens underground, usually in hollow logs, abandoned holes, small caves, and holes near man-made structures.
- Their spray can reach up to 15 ft.
- Most other animals learn to recognize their scent and stay away from them.
Skunks can become a problem when they dig under foundations, porches, dig up lawns and gardens, disturb refuse and garbage, and kill poultry eggs and foul. At times they can disrupt and damage beehives when attempting to feed on bees.
The best way to remove skunks from properties is to trap them in live cage traps. It is the most effective, safe and humane way.
After they are trapped, they must be taken away and relocated at least five miles away. If not, the skunky skunk may be back.
To control and prevent skunks from burrowing on your property, exclusion barriers need to be installed around the perimeter of areas like decks, porches and sheds.
Exclusion barriers will prevent the skunks from burrowing and crawling under.
Lastly, do not leave any food and pet food outdoors that will attract them.
Because of the skunks’ distinct behavior and being mostly nocturnal, an expert in trapping them is vital to get them off properties successfully.
And as we all know, their defensive tactic can be quite intense. So get in touch with The Critter Detective to effectively, safely, and humanely remove and control the skunks from your property.
Health Concerns and Skunks
Skunks are the leading carrier of rabies.
Like raccoons, skunks can become rabid. We must be aware if we see them acting erratically. If they are unusually aggressive, tame, or appear paralyzed, stay away and contact a professional who can assist you quickly by providing the essential skunk removal tactics.
Make sure all cats and dogs are regularly vaccinated for rabies.