Skunks are not a wild creature known to be social: the animals are largely nocturnal and prefer to keep to themselves. But sometimes a skunk will find refuge on your property. Even if a skunk is not residing on your property, you want to make sure the animal is removed safely rather than waiting for it to go away.
Here are things you should do if you spot a skunk in or near your yard. Your pest control specialist will help you keep skunks at bay.
Look for Signs of Habitation
Skunks may be passing by your property or may have made themselves at home. How to tell? Look in your garden or yard: skunks are avid diggers, looking for grubs, plant roots, and other foods to fill their bellies or feed their young. Skunks dig small circular holes that are easy to spot once you know what to look for.
Other signs a skunk may actually be living on your property include:
- Repeated skunk sightings
- Skunk spray odors
- Torn trash bags/tipped over cans
- Strange noises at night
It's quite possible that you have a skunk living on your property without even being aware of it. That's why it's important to call a pest removal specialist as soon as you see a single skunk, particularly if you suspect the creature is living nearby.
Remove Tempting Comforts
A skunk will not choose your property to dwell if they cannot obtain these three things from your land: shelter, food, and water. Remove all food sources, including garbage cans, pet foods, and garden items (cover your garden at night with blankets or wire). Remove water sources such as pet water dishes and empty containers, and make sure all hoses and outdoor taps are turned off.
Skunks love a quiet, secluded place to call home and will often choose to burrow underneath a porch or settle inside an open shed or garage. Close off all open areas that are wide enough for a cat to sneak through to help keep skunks at bay. This includes blocking off areas underneath sheds or inside woodpiles.
Because skunks are nocturnal, it's wise to invest in a motion sensor light that tracks movements at night. A skunk looking to seek refuge on your property may change its mind if a spotlight turns on when the animal walks across your driveway or yard.
Hire a Pest Removal Specialist
Even if you've made all the precautions to keep skunks at bay, you may still have skunks on your property. An encounter with a skunk can lead to being sprayed (which is a defense mechanism and can be painful to receive as well as gross) or attacked by their teeth and claws.
You should hire a pest removal specialist should after a single skunk encounter. Your pest removal specialist will examine your entire property, inside and out, to look for signs of skunk residency.
If a skunk is spotted, your pest control expert will use their tools to safely remove the creature from your property. You will also be given instructions on how to further protect your property against future skunk invasions.
If you have seen signs of a skunk haven’t found the creature yet, your pest removal specialist may leave live traps on your land to catch the creature when it is active. Once the skunk has been trapped, the pest removal specialist can come take it and the traps away.
Don't hesitate to call a pest removal specialist if you believe you have a skunk on your property, even if you haven't physically seen the creature. Other common wildlife species that invade homes, including raccoons, can also be present, and it takes the skill of a pest specialist to remedy your wildlife animal problem. Call us at OakRidge Wildlife Control for your pest control needs today.