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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?

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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.