Meet The Skunk
Skunks can be fun to watch, and behave quite similar to cats. We consider them cats that can stink when they want to, but officially they are part of the Mephitidae family. Our company was re-named by clients because of the humane and entertaining ways we interact with skunks. A skunk is an interesting critter.
Skunks are very social animals – we love to watch them interact with each other and play! They are fun to watch, but yes, they can make a stinky mess and turn your life upside down if they want, so we do recommend that you remove them from your home or property once they are discovered. Also, they can carry rabies and be destructive to lawn and home. In addition, their pheromones, feces and urine can attract other wildlife critters to your property, and the problems that come with them – now and later. We can help you humanely get rid of skunk issues and help you eliminate the smells that they may leave behind that can attract other wildlife to the area.
Skunks digging holes in the lawn and flower bed and skunk repellents
If all the skunks are doing is digging for grubs and tearing up your lawn, we can assist you with our fast acting skunk repellent. Killing the grubs in the soil will not stop the skunks from looking for them, but our skunk repellent will. It makes the dirt taste worse than dirt. Excluding the skunks is the best method, but if installing a fence or letting us wildlife proof your existing fence is not in your near future, a natural, non-toxic skunk repellent will likely be less expensive than trapping and relocating them all.
Regarding removal, the skunk breeding season can create an urgent situation. February marks the start of the adult skunk breeding season. March and April is breeding season for yearling females. With a gestation period of 7-10 weeks, adults have their young during the first part of May, and yearlings during the first part of June. Typically, they only have one litter a year, with between 1-15 young. The average / most common litter will be between 4 to 6 kittens. The skunk babies, or young, are called kittens, sometimes “kits” for short. They stay with their mothers until fall. Ideally you will want to eliminate your skunk problem before the kittens are born. The typical home range of a skunk is ½ mile to 2 miles, but a male may travel up to five miles every night during breeding season.
Skunks do not officially hibernate. They do become “slow” or dormant for approximately a month during the coldest part of the winter in your area. As a matter of fact, skunks may even den with other skunks or another animal of a different species. It is not uncommon for different skunk families to den together.
Skunks are nocturnal, if you see one during daylight hours when they were not flushed out by rain, another animal or unusual circumstances, it is safest to assume they are rabid or have distemper. Take necessary precautions and call your wildlife professional immediately. If you’re in Oklahoma, please call us for help.
Skunk feces will generally be 1-2 inches long, and ¼” to ½ inch in diameter – but this always depends what they are currently eating. Skunks typically have visible claw marks in their tracks. They do have five toes on all feet, but four are typically seen in tracks, and their heels are not usually seen in tracks.
Services and tips to help get rid of skunk problems humanely.
Odor causes, what to do if sprayed and an odor remedy recipe.
A brief look at the damage a skunk can do.