Skunks
Animals digging in your yard? Skunk odors? Skunks under your home or porch? These are oftentimes indicators that skunks are living on or near your property. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective skunk removal and exclusion services.

Description

Skunks are widely known across America for their very pungent spray. Citizens from around the world where skunks are popular know very well to stay far away from these black and white creatures! North America's two most popular skunk species are the spotted and striped skunk, while other species are less common.

Appearance

  • Distinct black and white markings, either a stripe down the back or spots!
  • Long sharp claws
  • Striped skunks have two outward-bowing heavy stripes down their backs that join together near their tails, and display white patches of fur on their heads
  • Spotted skunks have more varied and eccentric-looking stripes accompanied by few actual spots
  • Striped skunks can weigh between 4 and 10 lbs and measure approximately 25 inches lengthwise
  • Spotted skunks are smaller, as they weigh no more than 3 lbs, and grow between 15 and 20 inches long.

Habitat

Skunks are primarily nocturnal and prefer to live in open areas such as prairies, pastures, and forest edges. These creatures are capable of surviving in most climates though! During winter seasons, skunks rely heavily on their increased fat stores for continued nourishment and remain holed up in dens for several days or weeks!

Problems

Entry

Are skunks known to enter homes or yards?
Abundant food sources available in areas of human activity attracts skunks to live under buildings, decks, and patios! These omnivorous animals can eat just about anything, including rodents, garden vegetation, grubs, and other insects, and venture into trash bins for leftover food! They may also break into chicken coops to steal eggs or hatchlings! If you have a coop, make sure to protect it with fencing and locks!

Damage

Do skunks harm people or property?
Sprayed from the anal glands, skunk secretions cause extremely bad odors and even temporary blindness, and can hit predators up to 10 ft away! Although skunks are most commonly detested for their pungent odor, they also damage landscapes, plants, and structures when they dig for food. One of the most common carriers of rabies, skunks are also known transmitters of canine distemper, hepatitis, tularemia, and Q-fever!

Control

Control and Safety

While control methods, like putting up fences, help protect you from skunks, much more effort is often necessary to really reduce the probability of infestation! Ensure skunks can't get under buildings by sealing openings with mesh wire. You can also attempt to limit food and water availability! To start, secure trash bins, limit rodent populations, and block entry to pet and livestock feeds. Keeping landscapes free of debris, such as overgrown shrubs and firewood piles, can also deter skunk presence!

Trapping and Removal

Landowners risk the possibility of being sprayed when they approach skunks! Mishandling these creatures may also lead to bites, which then will require immediate professional medical attention. So, instead of attempting to remove this creature themselves, property owners should call Critter Control to assist with skunk problems. We employ only expert-level pest professionals to ensure jobs are done right and in the safest way possible!

We can help you get rid of skunk problems! Call our Central Missouri office today: (573) 560-3028

Central Missouri Critter Control service areas:

Columbia, Jefferson City, Ashland, Boonville, Fulton, Moberly, Centralia, Mexico, Hallsville, Moniteau County, Callaway County, Boone County, Randolph County, Cole County, Howard County, Audrain County, Cooper County

This franchise is independently licensed and operated by Riney Enterprises, LLC, dba Critter Control of Central Missouri