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.
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.