Skunks are characterized by their black and white striping. Although they seem like mild-mannered animals, they produce a foul odour when provoked. You are likely to smell it in the spring during their mating season. Females spray male skunks if they don’t like their potential mates, while male skunks fight over females and spray each other.
Skunk spray has been compared to tear gas because it irritates the eyes and nose, causing tears, redness, mucus production, and even nausea. If you are concerned about the presence of skunks in your home and wonder how you can keep these creatures away safely, use this article as your guide.
What Are the Signs That Indicate I Have Skunks on My Property?
Skunks are nocturnal animals, so it’s rare to see them in broad daylight. It is also more likely that you will smell them because of their spray than catch sight of them, There are additional clues that can tell these creatures have moved into your home. Here are some concrete signs you should watch out for:
- A musty odour with a faint to strong skunk smell
- Small holes in your garden
- Skunk droppings and undigested insect parts
How Do I Avoid Unpleasant Skunk Encounters?
Skunks don’t go around spraying people and pets. In fact, since they are nocturnal, they tend to avoid humans and other animals. They discharge spray only if they sense danger to defend themselves. They will also give plenty of warning signs before spraying. In other words, it is their last resort.
If you encounter a skunk, it’s best to walk in the other direction and leave them alone quietly. You can also avoid meeting skunks at night by turning on the outdoor light and whistling, clapping, or making other noises before you head out. Give them several minutes to run and hide before letting your pet out.
How Do I Get Rid of Skunks on My Property?
The presence of skunks around your home can lead to several health and safety hazards. Besides the threat of being sprayed, they can also carry rabies and other diseases. Fortunately, there are a few ways to make your house less appealing to these creatures.
First, prioritize removing food sources around your property, like food bowls, bird feeders, and even trash cans. Replace all trash bin covers with tight-fitting, locking lids. Skunks also eat small rodents and insects, so eliminate any insect and rodent infestations you have. In addition, remove piles of wood or other debris in your yard that could be used as their hiding place.
Getting rid of food sources and hiding spots in your home will make your property less appealing to skunks, but that does not mean they won’t return. If these steps are ineffective, it’s advisable to seek our wildlife removal and pest control services.
Skunks can seem harmless as long as they are not threatened, but when they decide to make your yard their home, they will eat all kinds of grasses, garbage, fruits, leaves, and buds within their reach. They can destroy your beautiful garden and even disturb your pets. Therefore, after following the suggestions above, have them professionally removed by wildlife removal experts like ICE Innovative Care of the Environment.
At ICE Pest Control, we specialize in wildlife removal and pest control in Mississauga and other areas in the Greater Toronto region. You can also count on us for raccoon removal, bird removal, rodent control, and more. Contact us today to start having a pest-free and wildlife-free home!