While it may be a bit funny when your neighbor’s dog gets sprayed by a skunk, is no laughing matter when a family of skunks has taken up residency under your front porch. Skunks can eat just about anything edible, including dog and cat food which are quite delectable for them, but also vegetable matter and compost as well. Once you have a skunk problem and start looking for help, you’ll soon realize that many pest-control operators are happy to kill your termites, ants, and rats, but when it comes to removing a skunk, that’s another story.
Skunk Removal Is An Art Form
You’ll even find animal removal experts that are willing to eliminate raccoons, bats, squirrels, and starlings, but they’ll try to avoid working with skunks because they’re so difficult. One of the first things that you’ll want to do is get rid of any outside food that they may be eating around your house.
This is not as easy as it may seem since skunks can eat a wide variety of different kinds of food including dog food, cat food, human food from your garbage, and many times they’re eating natural foods like fallen apples, walnuts and other fruits that are difficult to control. And you need to keep in mind that they could be traveling to your neighbor’s yard to consume food there as well. But eliminating the food is your first step.
Next, You’ll Want To Make Sure There Are No Good Places For Them To Hide
Skunks especially like things like large piles of wood, rock piles, underneath porches, and piles of brush where they can access a small hole, go inside and create some cozy space where they feel safe. The number one thing you need to do is make sure there are no openings for access underneath your porch or anywhere close to your home because that’s where the smell is going to be the strongest if there’s a problem.
If you do suspect that you do have a skunk living under your porch, make double extra sure that it’s not there when you seal up any access holes, the last thing you’ll want to do is seal the skunk into a space under a porch.
While You May Feel Safe Getting Rid Of Other Kinds Of Animals Don’t Mess With A Skunk
A typical skunk can spray their extremely strong smell approximately 9 feet with fairly good accuracy when scared. This is one of the reasons that it is difficult to get many pest elimination experts to deal with skunks as they are not immune to the smell either. Once you have found an animal pest control expert, let them handle the complete removal job while you hide inside your home, with your dogs as well.
The other problem with skunks is that they also can be carriers of rabies, although this is less likely now than in the past, it is still a possibility and is far more dangerous than being sprayed with their smell. For this reason, it’s important to keep yourself, kids, and pets as far away from the skunk as possible. Skunk removal wouldn’t be a difficult job if it weren’t for the extremely strong smell and accurate ability to spray just about anything within range. This is why it’s better to leave it to the experts that can go home to their house and clean up after they’re done.