Skunks pose a significant threat to your health, pets, and property. These nocturnal pests are the most common carriers of rabies in many parts of the country, and carry diseases such as tularemia, leptospirosis, and canine distemper. These diseases are transmitted through bites and not through a skunk’s spray.
Major Threats Posed by Skunks
A skunk’s sulfuric spray, which is known for its intense odor, is a defense mechanism and only used when a skunk feels cornered or threatened. If you or your pet come in contact with skunk spray, it can cause nausea or vomiting.
Skunks are highly adaptable which means they can live in areas common to humans such as underneath sheds, decks, and houses. They can burrow and create holes damaging property to get to their den. They have large sharp front claws that allow them to dig but also damage parts of a home like screens and vents if they are at or below ground level.
Tip #1: Skunks breed in the spring, and kits remain in the care of their mothers until fall. A mother skunk will endure most control efforts when caring for her young on your property. Therefore it's important to begin your integrated control plan before the breeding season begins.
How to Deal With Skunks:
Never attempt to handle a skunk without the help of a professional. GO Green Pest Control’s trained technicians are equipped with the safest and most humane skunk removal tools and techniques in the industry.