Skunk Removal

Skunk Removal, Control, Trapping, and Prevention

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Removing Skunks Safely

Skunks are slow-moving mammals and members of the weasel family, not wanting to be bothered, which is why removal may be difficult. They are commonly identified by their jet-black fur with one or more white stripes running down their backs. One skunk species looks as though it is wearing a hood, with neck hair spread out into a ruff. Other skunks are spotted instead of striped. Humans are often frightened of skunks because of their ability to spray a foul and pungent skunk odor to defend against predators. A striped skunk will be about as big as a house cat.


Frequently Asked Skunk Questions

Where do skunks live?

•What do skunks eat?

•I heard skunks carry diseases. Is that true?

•I want to trap or kill a skunk myself. Is that ok?

•I smell a skunk odor. Can United Wildlife's skunk odor experts help?

What should I do after United Wildlife skunk control removes the skunks?

When are skunks most active?

•Why should I learn how to get rid of skunks under my house or business?

•Will a skunk hurt my dog or cat?

•How can United Wildlife's skunk pest control help me get rid of my skunk problem?

•What are United Wildlife's payment options for skunk removal or to get rid of skunks?

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A. Skunks, or mephitidae, are found in both North and South America, excluding only the farthest northern reaches of Canada. Four skunk species can be found in North America, though the striped skunk is the most common. Spotted skunks mostly live in northern Mexico. Hooded skunks stay in the southwestern United States.

In the wild, skunks prefer to live in open lands next to forest areas and in clearings and pastures. On a prairie, skunks will make their homes in timber alongside a river or in thickets. Hollow logs can also become skunk homes.

Skunk dens are lined with hay, grass or leaves. Skunks will usually have more than one den, and they will go from one to the other to loaf throughout the day.

But often, skunks move into human territory. Skunks will burrow under sheds, homes, businesses, porches, decks, crawlspaces and woodpiles and create a home. They will enter foundation openings to get to these spots or create a skunk hole themselves. They have large feet with well-developed claws which make them very good diggers. In urban areas, skunks can also be found in industrial parks with large open areas.

Skunks are very sensitive to light, which is why they prefer the cool darkness of their dens during the day.

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A. Skunks are nocturnal, so you will rarely see them during the day near your home or business.

They start the mating process in February. About 10 weeks later, 2 to 8 babies, and sometimes up to 16 babies, will be born. Female skunks only have one litter per year. Skunk pups are wrinkly, blind and almost hairless. Skunk babies will be independent by the following spring.

Though most wild skunks only live for about three years, some have been known to live up to 10.

Compared to some other small mammals, male skunks will travel pretty far. Though most will stay in the bounds of ½ to 2 miles from home, a male skunk may travel up to 5 miles during mating season. Female skunks are not great travelers.

During mating season, male skunks are often hit by cars. Their behavior during this time causes them to be active during the day, move very slowly and not leave an area, even if they are in danger.

In the coldest parts of winter skunks will lay dormant for about a month. At this time of year, they might create a hotel and den together for warmth, but otherwise they aren’t normally very social animals.

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A. Skunks eat both plant and animal foods. Spring and summer are the times of year when they eat the most animal matter, since that is when insects are more available. Crickets, grasshoppers and beetles are their favorite insects. In the winter, mice serve as a huge portion of the skunk diet. When it is very hungry, a skunk may eat rats, rabbits and other small mammals.

Skunks also like to feed on garbage if they are living near humans. Dumpsters provide an easy and plentiful source of skunk food.

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A. If the lower ears of your corn stalks have been eaten away, a skunk is the likely culprit. If you hear a noise under your porch or building, a skunk may be setting up its home. If your lawn, garden or golf course is covered with cone-shaped holes and patches of dirt, a skunk may be searching for insect grubs.

All in all, skunks under your house or building can do a lot of expensive damage to your landscape, not to mention the odor they can produce in and around your home, or on you, your children, or house pets. Skunk spray will contaminate carpets, drapes, furniture and clothing.

A skunk is so brightly colored as if to say, “Watch out!” This is because skunks have the ability to discharge a nauseating musk from their anal glands and are capable of emitting several of these discharges one after the other. Skunks can spray their pungent smell from up to 15 feet away, or if it’s a windy day, even farther. If you are the lucky one who gets sprayed by a skunk, you will be blinded for about 15 minutes and your eyes will sting. Nosey house pets are not immune to the skunk’s spray. Obviously, the smell is there to ward off predators that get a whiff and don’t want any more. Skunk spray has evolved to smell similar to what other animals recognize as decay, which they’ll naturally shy away from. Skunk juices actually glows at night.

Before a skunk releases its scent, it will usually stamp its front feet and growl or hiss. Once a skunk lifts its tail, it usually means its victim will be covered with oily, thick skunk juice.

When skunks dig in your yard for food, a practice called “grubbing,” skunks can tear up your lawn to the point where it is beyond repair. Skunks will do grass damage to yards, golf courses, parks and other landscaping

If a skunk should choose to die under your home or business, the skunk odor will emanate into the living quarters, causing headaches and nausea. Skunk odor will contaminate carpets, fabrics, couches and clothing. Skunk smell will saturate fabrics and furniture, and can destroy insulation and any other item it comes into contact with if left alone long enough. Skunk odor can stick around for up to three years after it is sprayed.

While digging under your home or business, skunks will often fall into an area under the foundation and not be able to get themselves out because they are not good climbers. Trapped, the skunks end up dying, leaving a rotting skunk smell in their wake.

Skunks will tear into areas of your home or business and haunt it for years to come. Sometimes, so many shack up that the space becomes a skunk hotel. All this skunk damage will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a home that has a skunk infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix a skunk problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to a skunk infestation. 

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A. Yes, skunks are one of the primary carriers of rabies. Rabies, a virus, progressively paralyzes and can kill any mammal, including humans. Rabies is generally contracted through contact with an infected skunk through biting. Though humans should avoid contact with any skunks, if a skunk seems especially fearless around humans or is very active during the day, it could be infected. Call United Wildlife skunk control immediately for professional skunk removal at 1-888-488-1415.

Another illness spread by skunks is canine distemper. Distemper is a disease in dogs that is contagious, incurable and can be fatal. Domesticated dogs catch the virus when they come into contact with the bodily secretions of a sick skunk.

Skunks are also heavily infested with pests, which can spread into your home or business searching for hosts. Ticks, fleas and mites are all known carriers of disease.

Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.

Ticks are very mobile and have been known to crawl into buildings that skunks are living under, and may travel great distances to attach themselves to people.

If a skunk brings fleas into your home, most likely the biting bug will hop onto your house pet’s back. Once inside, large flea populations can build up quickly. Fleas live on the outside of their hosts’ bodies and need to feed on blood in order to produce eggs.

Remember, United Wildlife’s skunk pest control experts can eradicate and manage a pest infestation brought in by a skunk.

A skunk bug living near your home can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the skunk den and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the skunk abandons its den for any reason, the whole caboodle of skunk bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our skunk control experts remove skunk garbage after all the skunks have been trapped.

Skunks are a liability for businesses and restaurants. Skunk diseases or skunk bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sues the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by skunks, you will see a drop in productivity due to illness.

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A.  Because of illnesses and its potential for stench, a skunk lurking on your property can pose a danger to house pets. Skunks have been known to bite both cats and dogs, and if the skunk has rabies or distemper, beware. Skunk musk takes months to wear off completely from house pets, and will resurface time and time again when your house pet gets wet in the rain or bath. United Wildlife’s skunk odor removers can provide solutions for skunk odor on house pets.

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A. We understand the desire to take care of a skunk problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run, you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and disease. Skunks have great confidence in defending themselves against other animals, including humans, and they are not likely to back away from a conflict with you. They’ll spray and bite humans without hesitation.

Shooting is not a good option to get rid of skunks. The skunk removal experts at United Wildlife will humanely trap any existing skunks, and then offer skunk prevention ideas and techniques.  

A homeowner may successfully trap and kill an adult skunk, only to smell the nasty odor of  baby skunk carcasses rotting under the house or business. It can take between one and two years, depending on the size, for a skunk’s body to decompose and even longer for the odor to dissipate. Along with decomposing bodies come maggots and other bugs. United Wildlife’s skunk control experts can help lessen the chance of a skunk spraying during the skunk trapping process.

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A. United Wildlife's specialty is the removal of skunks from under homes, sheds, porches and other hard-to-reach locations through special trapping techniques and use of fiber-optic and infrared cameras. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the skunk will either be relocated or euthanized once it is taken away. No matter the course of action, the skunk will be treated in a humane manner.

United Wildlife’s skunk trappers use a variety of skunk live traps, kill traps, body-gripping traps and snaring, depending on the kind of skunk infestation and federal, county and state laws. Skunk slick fences are also avaliable to keep skunks out from under your crawlspace or deck.

If a skunk has already died under your home or porch, our professional skunk trappers offer dead animal removal services and can also help clear odors caused by dead skunks and skunk spray.

We’re professional skunk trappers who will travel to any location to get the skunks out. We can also do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas and want to perform pest control for skunks by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. We can also ship traps and equipment to help you trap skunks yourself the right way. Either way, we will work with you to solve your skunk invasion. There is not a skunk problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s professional skunk-trapping service at 1-888-488-1415.

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A. United Wildlife's skunk removal technicians have years of experience in odor control and know how to clean up skunk odor. If a skunk has sprayed around your home or business, we’ll use special chemicals to help rid your pets, furniture and fabrics of skunk stench. After these products get rid of the skunk smell, United Wildlife’s skunk-odor experts use fragrances and deodorizers which can help mask or remove any remaining skunk odor. The faster United Wildlife skunk control gets to the skunk spray, the less time it has to saturate your home or business and everything in it. Time is of the essence. Waiting for skunk smell to go away won’t help, either. Skunk odor can linger for years.

If there is a dead skunk under your home or business, United Wildlife’s dead skunk removal experts will need to remove it as part of the skunk odor remedy.

And remember, if you smell skunk odor in your business or home, it may not be directly from a skunk. A skunk may have sprayed your cat or dog, or the odor could be coming from a dead skunk under your house or business. United Wildlife’s skunk odor control has a special solution which we use to remove skunk stench from animals, fabrics and carpets.

Skunk odor can also travel for miles. A skunk may have sprayed on the vacant lot two doors down, but the odor is still reaching your home or business. Call United Wildlife skunk odor experts at 1-888-488-1415—we can help eliminate odors, no matter where the source.

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A. Call United Wildlife’s skunk trapping specialists and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per skunk, number of service calls and time spent on project. Prices will vary depending on severity of the skunk problem. Depending on the amount of skunks and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the skunk problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of skunk control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of skunks.

United Wildlife skunk experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.

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A. After our skunk removal experts have taken care of the skunk problem, it is best to contain or properly secure any food sources the skunks may have been enjoying such as garbage cans, dumpsters, and the like. Don’t entice other skunks to return. We will also help you make sure the building is in proper repair to deter any future furry friends from entering.

United Wildlife’s skunk blockers can install special products which block skunks from entering your home or business, and to keep skunks from digging on your property.

A great way to combat a skunk problem is to eradicate any rodent infestations you may have. United Wildlife’s rodent extermination experts can help you install a rodent control system to keep mice and skunks away so that skunks will not be tempted by them as a food source.

Do remember that skunks are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the skunk removal field, a particular skunk situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent skunks under your house or business in the future. Incremental pricing will apply for our professional skunk removal and all skunk solutions are custom-made and custom-priced.

In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional skunk trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.

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