These stinky cousins of ferrets and weasels can be problematic, especially to those who have outdoor pets. Known for their signature spray, skunks can prove to be a pest for North Texans.
Common problems with skunks:
Digging up garden or yard
Living under deck or porch
Skunks are best known for their smelly self defense mechanism, spraying a foul smelling substance from their rear end that repels predators and people alike. This substance can also temporarily blind predators if they get it in their eyes.
Skunks are omnivorous, though they most eat insects. They are both a blessing and a curse to gardeners. They eat pesky bugs and even snakes. However, to get to their prey, they have to dig them up for the ground, usually uprooting any plants or flowers in their way.
These critters usually make their dens in abandoned burrows. These can be frequently found under decks or porches, usually made by rabbits originally.
Skunk Removal and Prevention
When it comes to skunk removal, it's best to leave it to the professionals. When cornered or threatened, skunks can and will spray, which can be difficult to wash off. If it gets in someone's eyes, it can sting very badly and could cause temporary blindness. Asides from their ability to spray, skunks can bite anyone who gets too close. Their teeth are sharp and can easily puncture skin.
The best way to prevent skunks from taking up residence on your property is to check around your porch or deck for holes. Any holes should be filled up promptly once and animals inside have been evicted. It's best to leave this to professionals so it can be done properly. An improperly filled hole can lead to trapping animals inside or future animals digging the hole back up.
Live trapping skunks to be relocated from your property can be tough. Skunks have poor eyesight, so, unless the trap is properly baited, the skunk won't know that it's there.
If you notice a signature skunky scent or suspect skunks may have made their way onto your property, don't hesitate to contact us. We can help determine what the problem is and offer a free estimate and/or inspection.
Sprayed by a Skunk?
If you or your precious pet have been sprayed by a skunk, don't bother reaching for the coffee or tomato juice. A bath of coffee or tomato juice won't remove the stench of skunk.
An actual remedy for the smell is to wash with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and, dish soap (Dawn is best). Wash any affected areas with the mixture and hot water. Rinse and repeat as necessary. If you still can't get the smell of your pet, it may be best to take them to a professional groomer, just make sure you call and tell them ahead of time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I buy a repellent or a sound emitter to drive them off?
A: No! While there are a number of chemical or urine based repellent on the market, they are only effective in specific circumstances and when used by professionals. Noise deterrents, or sonic sound emitters, also will not work. These devices are a scam. If animals are not bothered by the sounds of cars or people, they won't be bothered by sound emitters.
Q: Can't I just do it myself/have my handyman do it?
A: It's not advised. Wildlife can pose many dangers. Without proper protective gear, wild animals can attack and injure people or transfer diseases via fecal matter or bites/scratches. When trapping or exclusion are done improperly, it can lead to many problems down the road, such as animals being trapped inside walls/attic, other animals taking up residence, and, even worse damage to your home, which can lead to expensive bills down the road.
We take pride in every job we do. That's why we have a Lifetime Guarantee on all our repairs. Wildlife won't be able to get past our repairs, and if they somehow do, we will come back and make things right, for free. Don't put yourself or your family in danger. Leave wildlife removal to the professionals.