Do you have skunks in an unwanted place? We service southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts region locations!
Have you walked out side recently and smelled that undeniable skunk smell? Crawlspaces, low decks, and sheds can provide a perfect environment to raise skunk kits. Skunks only have one option to look for a nesting area and that’s on lower ground.
Our professional technicians can come out and safely remove them from your property and ensure we secure all points of entry with our exclusion repairs.
Skunks are nocturnal, which means they search for food at night and sleep in dens lined with leaves during the day. Their favorite foods include fruit and plants, plus insects, bird eggs, small rodents, and birds.
Skunks can thrive in a variety of different environments. A skunk’s primary nesting site is within the abandoned burrows of other animals. They will also nest in hollow trees, stumps and, unfortunately, sometimes under porches and decks. If needed, they will burrow their own den underground and use tree branches, leaves and brush for concealment.
If you think a skunk is living under your home, it’s recommended to consult with a professional wildlife control expert Like New England Wildlife Control to safely remove the skunk and prevent them from returning.
Smell: If you’re suddenly seeing an increase in the number of birds near your home or workplace, it could be a sign that they are nesting or roosting nearby.
Tracks: Skunks have very unique paw prints in comparison to over similar-sized animals, which makes identifying them easier. A skunk’s prints are explained further in the next section.
Droppings: A skunk’s droppings look and are a similar size to that of a cat’s. The main difference is that skunk droppings contain undigested foods like seeds, feathers, berries, or insects
Ground Depressions: Skunks search for food in yards by digging little three to four inch half-moon shaped depressions into the ground. Similar to raccoons, they will damage the sod on lawns.
Sightings: Seeing a skunk is an obvious sign of a problem. If you see a skunk during the day, it is possible that they have rabies, which should be looked into immediately.
Skunks can carry a variety of zoonotic diseases (zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted from animal to human). Rabies, however, is arguably the greatest risk from a skunk bite. While not all skunks are rabid, they are among the top transmitters of the disease in North America. Skunks can spread disease to your pets, as well. Skunks are carriers of both distemper and rabies.
Trapping a skunk should be done with caution and care to avoid getting sprayed. One effective method is to use a live trap, which can be baited with food such as peanut butter or canned fish. The trap should be placed in an area where the skunk is known to frequent, such as near its den or along its usual path of travel.
To use skunk repellent, it’s important to first identify the areas where skunks are most active, such as around garbage cans or near a garden. Skunk repellent can come in various forms, including sprays, granules, and electronic devices. For sprays and granules, it’s important to carefully follow the instructions on the label, as different products may have different application methods and concentrations.
At New England Wildlife Control, we strive to bring you piece of mind to wildlife animal control and pest removal. Feel free to reach out to us via our contact form or call at 603-834-1704 for immediate animal control needs or to get a free estimate!