Benicia ,california

Skunk Removal

Skunks are one of the most iconic creatures that roam suburban areas across the US, easily identifiable by their distinctive black and white-colored fur which acts as a warning for anyone to stay away.

But more than this, skunks are well known for being able to discharge an incredibly potent odor when threatened over a distance as big as 15 feet. Not only is it foul-smelling, but the fluid can also even burn the eyes of its predators, and they do not necessarily only spray it when confronted. Sometimes they may spray it whilst mating, or even without an obvious reason, meaning they are generally best left alone, even though they are not a naturally aggressive species.

Despite this, skunks can be a nuisance to have around the home, and not just because of their foul smell. Skunks can carry diseases like rabies which can be harmful to you and your pets, and they can also do damage to your property by digging burrows underneath porches and decks. Also, skunks tend to eat almost anything, which may result in them ripping through garbage bags or tipping over bins. Not only will this cause a mess, but it may also attract other pests like insects or other vermin.

Despite this, skunks can be a nuisance to have around the home, and not just because of their foul smell. Skunks can carry diseases like rabies which can be harmful to you and your pets, and they can also do damage to your property by digging burrows underneath porches and decks. Also, skunks tend to eat almost anything, which may result in them ripping through garbage bags or tipping over bins. Not only will this cause a mess, but it may also attract other pests like insects or other vermin.

For DIY skunk removal, it is generally best to avoid using traps, as without expert knowledge you may cause harm to yourself or the skunk. Instead, there are a number of exclusion and prevention methods you can employ:

  • Like with all household pests, start by inspecting your home for signs of skunk burrows or gaps allowing them to enter your home. Fortunately, skunks are not good climbers, so you generally will not need to worry too much about the roof.
  • Set up one-way exclusion doors along their main pathways into your home to stop them from getting back inside, and then seal them up only once you are sure all the skunks have left.

 

  • For decks or porches, you will likely need to set up excluding barriers around the whole thing due to their high clearance and multiple entry points. These should extend at least one-foot underground to catch any skunks that try to dig under it.
  • You could also consider using repellents to discourage the skunks from returning to your home, which should be placed around your home to drive the skunks away. An alternative to this is a motion-sensing sprinkler system which, when activated, will scare the skunks through a combination of noise and the spray of water.
  • Make sure all your garbage is sealed correctly to make it impossible for skunks to reach it. Also, skunks are not picky eaters, so if you have an infestation of other rodents or insects be sure to get them removed too.

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