Got Skunks? Call the Experts Today!
If you think you’ve got a skunk problem, then you most definitely will know about it! Not only do skunks smell, they’re also quite aggressive towards household pets and people. Whether they’re living under your porch or invading your trashcans, there are a few ways to do skunk control at home.
Understanding Skunks for Skunk Removal
Skunks are highly misunderstood, and understanding their behavior makes it that much easier to get rid of them. Skunks don’t gather in groups, meaning if you have more than one, it’s generally a mother and her babies. In colder regions, skunks will have a hibernation of sorts; they don’t necessarily sleep through the winter, but they do burrow in dens for an extended period of time.
Skunks have very poor eyesight, but they have excellent hearing and smell. Skunks are often killed by cars because they can’t see more than 10 feet away, and it’s also partly why they’re so defensive. They don’t live very long, either; they can live up to seven years, but most skunks don’t survive beyond their first year.
When females give birth, they usually give birth in May and find and dig their dens shortly before their kits are born. The babies are born deaf and blind and stay with their mother for about a year even though they wean around two months of age. Mothers are very protective of their young and will spray if they feel their babies are even remotely threatened.
At-Home Skunk Control
The first thing you need to do when skunks have decided to become your neighbor is to get rid of their food sources. It doesn’t matter if it’s overflowing trash cans, pet food, or trash bags that haven’t been put away; skunks love it all. Get regular trash service and put your bags in trash receptacles that close tightly and are relatively animal proof. Avoid feeding your pets outside; if you have outdoor dogs or cats, ensure their food is picked up and put away before it gets dark and skunks start to come out for the night.
Observe the skunk carefully to see where it’s living. They like to hide under porches and houses or any other places where they’re sheltered during the day. Once you’ve found where they’re living, you can get to work on eradicating your new residents. You can use a natural method with a variety of spicy, pungent spices. This includes cayenne pepper, cajun seasonings, curry, and cinnamon. Mix together your most off-putting spices and put about a cup into a resealable bag and mix them well.
This is where taking note of your skunk’s routine is important. You don’t want to put the mixture near the skunk’s home unless they’re gone. When you’re certain they’re gone, empty your spice mixture around their trail, their burrow, or where they’re getting under a building. The smell could deter the skunk, but when they clean their paws or use their paws to eat, the spices will overwhelm their senses. It may take a while for them to associate the unpleasant feelings with their new home, but eventually they’ll put the two together and move on to a new home.
Skunks aren’t just an olfactory nuisance; they’re also dangerous to your pets and family members. If you aren’t sure how to perform skunk removal, call Liddle Rascals for expert eradication. Your skunks will be removed humanely and all you have to do is give the company a call!
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