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Who Do I Call For Skunk Removal?

Baby-SkunksAs sure as the temperature starts to rise in June, so does the arrival and appearance of baby skunks. And where there are baby skunks, mama skunk isn’t too far away. While it would be nice if there were such a thing as skunk repellant, in reality skunk families will make their home wherever it is advantageous and easy to access. If you’ve found yourself with a family of skunks making their home under part of your house, you’ve only got one thing on your mind: Who do I call for skunk removal?

 

What’s So Bad About A Skunk? skunks-patioThe obvious–the horrible, distinctive smell of a skunk that has recently sprayed! The best way to determine if you have a skunk is to look for a hole going under your porch. Skunk holes range from a four inch diameter round hole to a three-by-five oval hole. While the damage they can do is very minimal, their presence is not desired due to the risk of startling a skunk and being sprayed by it.
 

Get Out and Stay Out!
Striped skunk Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions should be your first call when you need skunk removal. With over three decades of experience, our technicians will not only expertly remove the animals, but we can also repair any damage they have left behind; more importantly, Holper’s will provide you with a solution to permanently keep skunks from building a den in that same place. Holper’s is who to call when you need skunk removal. But that’s not all we do!

 

The Usual Suspects
Baby skunkThe Midwest is home to many species of nuisance wildlife. These animals vary in size, habitat, and types of damage done to yards and homes. The one thing they have in common is that their presence needs to be addressed at the first sight of one to avoid serious destruction to your lawn and house. Holper’s specializes in wildlife control for all of the following: mice, voles, chipmunks, bats, rats, moles, squirrels, skunks, groundhogs (woodchucks), minks, opossums, raccoons, beavers, and coyotes. Regardless of the type of wildlife control measures you require, we at Holper’s have the solutions well in hand.

The Skunk Removal Experts

The one thing all skunk removal has in common is that it needs to be handled by experts, with professional training, materials, and equipment. In St. Louis, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can handle every type of wildlife control, wildlife removal, and wildlife damage. As every wildlife control situation is unique, your Holper’s technician will employ a combination of know-how and trapping skills to give you back your home and yard as quickly as possible. Holper’s will also be able to provide repair and exclusion services for the damage created by the nuisance wildlife. Call Holper’s today at 314-732-1413. Let our decades of experience take care of your skunk removal right away. Your home deserves Holper’s!

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Skunk Removal Made Easy

While many species of wildlife pests spend winter in total hibernation, unfortunately for us one of the species that doesn’t is the skunk. If you have discovered a skunk residing under your home or near your home, skunk removal is going to be at the top of your to-do list. Read ahead to learn why time is of the essence in getting rid of skunks and why Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions is your answer for a skunk removal problem.

What’s So Bad About a Skunk?

The first thing that usually comes to mind when people think of skunks is the offensive odor of their spray. Skunks will usually only attack when defending their young or when cornered, and spraying is not the first defense method they will try. A skunk might first attempt spitting, growling, fluffing its fur, shaking its tail, and/or stamping the ground. If a skunk still feels threatened, then the tail is lifted to spray several shots of that famous skunk odor. Skunks can release multiple shots and can spray 10-15 feet with great accuracy.

While nobody wants to get sprayed by a skunk, there are other ways to be victimized by one. Skunks are excellent diggers, due to long nails on their powerful forefeet. In search of grubs and other food, skunks will dig holes in lawns and gardens. If they can find no other form of shelter available, they will burrow underneath buildings and cement slabs, such as a porch, patio, or walkway.

Why Now is the Time to Worry

Although skunks lead a low-key life during cold weather, they start the mating process in late winter instead of waiting for spring. This means that, when spring and summer are finally here, the number of skunks you will be dealing with will increase due to the birth of a litter.

This is why it’s important to have a skunk control service eliminate skunks in and around your residence as soon as you notice them, usually in January and February. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we always recommend taking the proactive approach to pest control. When it comes to skunk infestations, treating the problem in winter is one of the best approaches you can take.

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Skunk Removal and Control With Holper’s

The most effective technique to control skunks is to professionally and humanely live-trap them. Luckily for you, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions technicians are experts at how to catch a skunk. While skunks are generally mild tempered, loud noises or quick and aggressive actions should be avoided. Keep pets and children from exciting or tormenting the caged animal. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions recommends installing buried wire and sealing all entry holes (such as porches, sheds, and crawl spaces) once all skunks have been trapped and removed. Electric fencing may be used for site-specific exclusion around decks, porches, or gardens.

SKUNK PREVENTION TIP: Cleaning up all wood piles, brush and food sources will limit the habitat available to skunks and will reduce their attraction to your property. It is always best to implement skunk prevention instead of dealing with a skunk infestation.

To successfully manage a skunk infestation you must have an integrated pest management plan. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions uses more than one approach to eradicate and exclude these nuisance animals from your home and surrounding areas. Call 314-732-1413 to set a plan in motion—let the trained professionals of Holper’s help you implement skunk prevention and perform your skunk trapping, skunk removal, and skunk odor removal for you.

 

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Skunk Prevention and Skunk Odor Removal

Skunk Prevention and Skunk Odor Removal

Pepe Le Pew may make a darling cartoon character, but his real-life counterparts are nothing to smile about. Although notorious for the terribly foul odor of their spray, there are other reasons to be proactive about skunk removal. Better yet, read on to learn about skunk prevention, and if needed, about skunk odor removal.

What’s So Bad About a Skunk?

Patagonian hog-nosed skunk

The first thing that usually comes to mind when people think of skunks is the offensive odor of their spray. Skunks will usually only attack when defending their young or when cornered, and spraying is not the first defense method they will try. A skunk might first attempt spitting, growling, fluffing its fur, shaking its tail, and/or stamping the ground. If a skunk still feels threatened, then the tail is lifted to spray several shots of that famous skunk odor. Skunks can release multiple shots and can spray 10-15 feet with great accuracy.

While nobody wants to get sprayed by a skunk, there are other ways to be victimized by one. Skunks are excellent diggers, due to long nails on their powerful forefeet. In search of grubs and other food, skunks will dig holes in lawns and gardens. If they can find no other form of shelter available, they will burrow underneath buildings and cement slabs, such as a porch, patio, or walkway.

Skunk Odor Removal

If your home’s concrete porch, patio, or walkway is the unlucky site of a skunk spray, there are a couple of ways we can help you get rid of the unpleasant scent. Holper’s is able to set up a fan and pipe system to draw out the odor from under your concrete porch, patio, or walkway. In addition, our DIY store has professional-grade odor-removing sprays available for purchase.

How to Identify Skunk Damage

There are some telltale signs to look for when trying to figure out if you are seeing damage from a skunk. In addition to that well-known smell, look for holes in your lawn–they will be 3-4 inches in diameter, small, and cone-shaped. In vegetable gardens there will be damage to the lowest ears of corn.  Skunks are known to raid chicken houses to take eggs, along with an occasional chicken! They often leave distinctive tracks–there are five toes on each foot, with visible claws. A damaged or pilfered garbage can is also a sign you have a skunk problem.

Skunk Management and Control With Holper’s

Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) Family Close Up - captive animalsThe most effective technique to control skunks is to professionally and humanely live-trap them. Luckily for you, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions technicians are experts at how to catch a skunk. While skunks are generally mild tempered, loud noises or quick and aggressive actions should be avoided. Keep pets and children from exciting or tormenting the caged animal. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions recommends installing buried wire and sealing all entry holes (such as porches, sheds and crawl spaces) once all skunks have been trapped and removed.  Electric fencing may be used for site-specific exclusion around decks, porches,or gardens.

SKUNK PREVENTION TIP: Cleaning up all wood piles, brush and food sources will limit the habitat available to skunks and will reduce their attraction to your  property. It is always best to implement skunk prevention instead of dealing with a skunk infestation.

To successfully manage a skunk infestation you must have an integrated pest management plan. Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions uses more than one approach to eradicate and exclude these nuisance animals from your home and surrounding areas. Call 314-732-1413 to set a plan in motion—let the trained professionals of Holper’s help you implement skunk prevention and perform your skunk trapping, skunk removal, and skunk odor removal for you.

 

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Skunk Problems – Love is in the Air

It may not be a very common problem, but when you get a skunk problem, it is always best to call a professional. While Skunks are animals that hibernate, they wake up in January and February with one thing on their mind – mating. Near the end of fall a male skunk tries to find his little harem of females and move under a porch to hibernate. When they wake up the male skunk mates with his group of females and they then look for a nearby place to go back into hibernation awaiting the blessed event – babies under your front porch!

This is very common in the South County area as well as Chesterfield, Maryland Heights and St Charles areas. Nearby rivers provide the perfect place for skunks to live.

If you catch them now before they go back to sleep you will likely be dealing with a smaller number, but if you wait until May or June, the babies will already  be out, having a good time and showing off their spray just to say “Look what I can do Mom.” You may notice by the OVERWHELMING ODOR coming through the concrete. It may cause you even to leave your home and have some heavy duty cleaning done to your house to remove the odor.

I have had customer’s kids sent home from school because of the smell of skunk on their clothes. Not a good day.So what should you do? Dial one number to rescue your family. Call Holper’s !!!!!

We have the experience and expertise to deal with these unwanted varmints.
Holper’s – The name and professionals people trust, for over 30 years.

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Skunk Control Service – Is January Really the Time to Worry?

In the Midwestern U.S., the freezing temperatures of January keep many types of animals in hibernation, but skunks aren’t one of them. Skunks are more readily seen in warm weather, but the black and white animals remain fully conscious throughout winter. In fact, they behave like some humans do in climates where winter brings ice and snow: They stay inside their insulated homes and only venture outside when needed.

How Skunks Damage Property
Many of us learned as children that the biggest threat skunks pose is spraying people with the odorous, oily liquid that emits from glands near the base of their tail. This may be true if you’re taking a nature hike and encounter a skunk along the trail, but if you live in a residence that fosters a skunk den, you have more to worry about than skunks hosing you down with an epic case of bad body odor. Skunks routinely damage property in the following ways.

  • Creating foraging trails in lawns as they search for food
  • Tearing up gardens in search of vegetables and fruit
  • Breaking in beehives to eat adult and larval bees
  • Digging under foundations of homes to create dens
  • Digging under low decks of homes to create dens

If you take pride in your lawn and garden, keep beehives on your property, or have points of access near your home’s foundation or deck that are easy for skunks to enter, skunks can seriously compromise your vision of domestic bliss. This is why it’s important to call a skunk control service the first time that you suspect a skunk den is located in or around your residence – and January is a perfect time to make the call.

Why Now is the Time to Worry
Although skunks lead a low-key life during cold weather, they start the mating process in late winter instead of waiting for spring. This means that, when spring and summer are finally here, the number of skunks you dealt with last year could easily multiply in number – and the year after that, there could be even more of the critters to contend with.

This is why it’s important to have a skunk control service eliminate skunks in and around your residence before later winter gets here. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we always recommend taking the proactive approach to pest control. When it comes to skunk infestations, treating the problem in winter is one of the best approaches you can take.

Need a Skunk Control Service?
If you suspect you have a skunk infestation in your home or in close proximity to the residence, contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Control Solutions to schedule a free inspection, and learn about our skunk control service. We have years of experience helping homeowners and business owners in the St. Louis area rid their properties of pests that range from moles, to stinging insects, to bed bugs, to skunks.

In addition to removing pests that cause problems, we perform an all-points check of the residence to identify areas where skunks could enter and build dens. Then, with your permission, we seal up the possible entry points to help keep the problem from recurring. Once skunks are removed and prevented from re-entering your home, you’ll enjoy more peace of mind and have a nicer looking property that’s free of skunk damage.

To set up your free consultation, please call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. We look forward to using our skunk control service to free your property of skunks and the damage they cause.