Keep Skunks Away With These Tips!
Like many animals, the skunk is portrayed to be adorable on cartoons. These creatures may look cute and cuddly when they’re animated, but when they’re in your backyard, you’re probably not going to choose terms like that to describe them. Instead, you’ll quickly realize just how destructive and overpowering these creatures can be.
Is It Actually a Skunk?
The best way to figure out if it’s a skunk making a mess of your trash or traipsing through your yard is, of course, its pungent predator-repelling smell. This scent repels more than predators though, and it can linger for days. This odor can be a challenge requiring particular formulas and several washings to remove from clothing or a pet’s fur and skin.
In addition to that signature smell, you may also notice three to four inch holes in your yard. Rolled back sod is also another great sign that you’re actually dealing with a skunk. Keep in mind, though, that if you don’t have pets and you don’t head out for the backyard very often, it’s completely possible to have a skunk living in your yard wholly undetected.
A Bit of Knowledge
Skunks live in burrows, often those made by other animals such as coyotes, foxes, or squirrels. But they also dwell under porches or decks, beneath buildings, or even inside abandoned buildings. Skunks are not aggressive creatures, and they’d prefer to run away rather than fight. Their hissing usually proves a useful enough warning to stay clear. However, it’s still helpful to limit their visits to your yard as they might spray unbeknownst pets pretty quickly, and they’re just generally creatures you don’t need to have in your way. An occasional visit from a skunk wouldn’t be anything to scoff at, but take action if you notice a recurring pattern.
Skunks feed off insects, earthworms, mushrooms, small rodents, as well as ripening berries or fallen fruits. Those holes in your yard previously mentioned are the result of their hungry nocturnal digging. Such can be especially problematic for gardens, a primary locale for insects and other food sources.
Your Next Step
A professional can help relocate these creatures somewhere other than in your way. Another reason to get experienced hands on the scene is that while otherwise harmless except for the nuisance of their musky spray, the skunk could have rabies. If you see a skunk wandering seemingly aimless in the daytime, be particularly wary. Skunks can carry other diseases that would make contact with its saliva potentially dangerous. A trained professional will know the best route to deal with the issue.