SKUNKS

ABOUT SKUNKS

We use humane methods to trap and relocate skunks from your property. There's more to know about skunks than their unique appearance and smelly spray. 

Other interesting facts about Skunks:  http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/human-wildlife-conflict/skunks.aspx

SKUNK HABITAT

As long as they have food and shelter they rarely travel more than 1 mile from their established dens. Dens are made in tree hollows, brush piles, underneath porches, under large rocks and other structures. Skunks will occasionally dig their own burrows underground if no other shelter options are available.

SKUNK REPRODUCTION

Mating season is one of the only other times when skunks tend to socialize. Skunks have litters of 1 to 7 young in late April through early June. Breeding season you will see large skunk populations and is the most common time of year for dogs to get sprayed.

SKUNK DISEASES & RABIES

Skunks can carry contagious diseases, viruses and parasites that can be transmitted to humans and or pets through a bite. (Leptospirosis, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Intestinal Roundworm and Rabies.) Skunks are the primary carriers of rabies. Rabies is usually fatal to humans and pets unless treated immediately. If you suspect a skunk may have rabies, do not approach it and call Pest Busters Pest Control immediately for assistance. There are two forms of rabies in skunks, the "Furious" form where skunks become aggressive, and the "Dumb" form where they become unphased by human presence. Some other signs of rabies in skunks to look out for include activity during the daytime, an unsteady or disoriented gait, drooling and or foaming at the mouth.

SKUNK SPRAYING

Skunks are known to release a powerful smell through their anal glands when threatened. Skunks will usually only attack when cornered or defending their young and spraying is not the first method of defense. A skunk will growl, spit, fluff its fur, shake its tail and stomp the ground. If the intruder dose not leave the skunk will then lift its tail and spray its famous skunk odor. A skunk's sulfuric spray has a range up to 10 feet, and its odor can be detected up to 1.5 miles. Skunks have a remarkable accuracy spraying at the intended target. Like tear gas, it burns the eyes and mucous membranes of unfortunate victims. Victims may experience extreme discomfort, pain, difficulty breathing and even temporary blindness. The odor will remain on hair, clothing and skin for days to weeks. The spray itself is extremely flammable.

REMEDIES TO REMOVE SKUNK ODOR

While a bath in tomato juice is often used to try to remove the odor, the actual remedy is a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and liquid detergent. (It's supposed to do the trick!)