Skunk removal and skunk control is a very common problem that Weaver’s Wildlife Control deals with on a regular basis. There are two types of skunks commonly found in Virginia, they are the Striped Skunk and the Eastern Spotted Skunk. The Striped Skunk is the most common of the two species. The Spotted Skunk is found in the western part of Virginia. The Spotted Skunk is considered rare and imperiled in Virginia and many other surrounding states.
Most skunks are considered nocturnal animals meaning they travel mostly at night invading yards and lawns in search of their favorite food source which is Japanese beetles and other grubs that are usually found in the ground. The Striped Skunk is black in color with a white stripe down the center of its back starting at its forehead. It has small ears, yet has a very keen sense of hearing. Skunks have very bad eyesight although they can be very quick to pick up any kind of sudden movement. The average size of a skunk in Virginia is 24 inches from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail. They are between 6 and 12 inches tall and weigh between 4 and 15 pounds. The male is typically bigger than the female and the female is typically more aggressive than the male skunk.
The most common call we receive from our customers is a skunk under the house. This is a very serious problem and one that should be addressed immediately. Striped skunks are very attracted to pet food and may find their way into garages, basements, or residential yards as a result. Sometimes they will even enter a home through a pet door. Skunks are primary carriers of the rabies virus, distemper, fleas, ticks and mites. Skunks pose a serious threat to both people and domestic pets. Never approach a live skunk on your own. People ask us all the time, “why do skunks stink so bad?” Skunks have a scent gland on their hindquarters that is located on either side of their anus. This is where the oily product that it uses for defense is stored. The oily substance contains sulfur compounds which makes it smell like garlic and rotten eggs. This is a very offensive smell that is very overpowering. When a skunk feels threatened it will display a very aggressive foot stomping posture. If this does not convince the predator to move on the skunk will turn tail and spray the predator in the facial area. This will usually end any advance of a predator. Another common call that we receive is that a skunk has sprayed a customers dog. There are several solutions that can rid your pet of the pungent smelling substance. Several types of chemical solutions can be mixed from household items to overcome and encapsulate the skunk oil. One effective odor removal technique is to mix dish-washing liquid, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water. This is a volatile solution and never should be capped off in a container. This solution should only be mixed in a bucket.
How To Deter A Skunk
There are several ways you can make your property less inviting to skunks. As mentioned earlier, skunks are nocturnal and hate bright lights so flood lights attached to motion sensors will discourage them. Skunks are burrowing animals and they will make homes underneath houses, sheds, decks and other above ground structures. Seal these structures off as well as possible. Skunks can fit through holes as small as 4 inches. Try to fence off gardens, keep bird feeder spills cleaned up, seal off pet doors, and don’t leave pet food bowls outside. Often times we get calls from people that are tempted to trap skunks on their own. This is a very bad idea! Skunks have great confidence in defending themselves against other animals, including people, and are not likely to back away from a conflict. Remember skunks are carriers of the rabies virus! Skunks will spray and bite people without hesitation. Weaver’s Wildlife Control has many years of expertise in trapping skunks and we have the right equipment to handle any skunk situation. Don’t trap a skunk on your property only to find out you left a litter of skunk babies trapped under your house! Weaver’s Wildlife Control will perform a full site inspection so that no critters go undetected. Weaver’s Wildlife Control is ecologically responsible, ensuring that only environmentally sound solutions and humane wildlife removal techniques are used for all skunk removal situations.