Skunks are nocturnal animals mostly widely known for their black and white stripes and their putrid smell. Their musk, which is produced by a pair of anal scent glands, can be smelled over great distances and irritates multiple senses. It can even lead to temporary blindness. Skunks are usually found wooded areas, open fields, pastures, and open lands bordering forested regions. They are omnivores that eat many different foods like small insects, amphibians, rodents, and garbage.
While skunks may be an important source of insect control, most human and skunk interactions are negative. Skunks can carry various diseases that are harmful to both humans and pets, like rabies, tularemia, and canine distemper, as well as fleas, mites, ticks, and tapeworms. On top of this, skunks can shoot their defensive spray up to twenty feet when cornered or threatened. This defense mechanism can cause nausea and even intense pain, especially when shot directly in the eyes.
To get rid of a skunk presence around your home, head to our Wildlife Control Businesses page. Your local animal control specialist will quickly and humanely locate and remove the skunks. On top of trapping and removing the skunks, They will repair any damage the skunks caused.
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