Did you know that there are four different species of skunks that are native to North America? These wild animals breed in the spring and stick around throughout the summer and into the fall, making it important to protect your property from skunk damage for a majority of the year. Familiarizing yourself with the signs of skunk damage is a good start, as is having the San Diego skunk removal pros at Wildlife Removal Services on speed dial. Check out the following signs of skunk damage and call our team right away if you think you have a skunk problem on your hands.
Signs of Skunk Damage
Raided Trash Cans
Skunks typically prefer a diet of insects and grubs, but this won’t stop them from raiding your trash cans in search of tasty leftovers. This is especially true if beetles, grasshoppers, grubs, rodents, and other preferred foods are not readily available. They have a fairly flexible diet that can shift from season to season. Some of their favorite treats are bird eggs, fruits, berries, and mushrooms. Using lids that lock into place and storing your trash cans in places that are inaccessible to skunks can go a long way in deterring skunk activity on your property.
If skunks aren’t able to access the goodies inside the trash cans on your property, they may turn to other areas that have food readily available. This is bad news for home gardeners. If you have noticed that many of your plants and crops have damage on the lower part of the stalk and not the upper part, this is usually a tell-tale sign of skunks in your garden. For example, skunks can only reach the lower ears of corn on corn stalks. Although their direct damage stops low on the stalk, this can often leave the stalk susceptible to insects and disease, which can kill the stalk.
Raided Poultry Houses
If you are one of the many property owners who raise chickens and hens, then you know all too well that skunks are one of the biggest threats for your poultry house. As we mentioned before, skunks love bird eggs. They will often raid poultry houses and steal any available eggs as they search for food. They have even been known to steal a bird or two in the process. If you have noticed missing eggs or birds from your poultry house, then it may be time to call in our team of San Diego skunk removal experts.
Holes in Your Lawn
Skunks are incredible diggers. If they haven’t found food in your trash can or garden, then they may use their strong forefeet and long nails to dig down through your grass to find grubs, worms, and other sources of food. The result of this foraging is usually small, cone-shaped holes that are 3 to 4 inches wide. Digging and scratching marks are often evident in the area around the hole and there are usually several holes in the same area — the result of trial and error of hungry skunks.
Seeing or Smelling Skunks
Lastly, catching sight of one or more skunks on your property is a good sign that you may have a skunk problem on your hand. You have to be sneaky though because most skunks are nocturnal unless they are sick, have been scared out of their daytime sleeping spot, or if they have a lot of nocturnal competitors in the area. Smelling a skunk can also be an indication of a skunk problem, especially if the scent returns multiple days in a row in the same area on your property.
Need Wildlife Removal Services in San Diego?
Having unwanted critters in your yard is no walk in the park. Not only are skunks capable of spreading serious illnesses and diseases like leptospirosis, canine distemper and hepatitis, intestinal roundworm, and rabies, but they can also be quite destructive. As our name implies, we specialize in wildlife removal services in San Diego and we are happy to help you get rid of skunks in your yard. Our skunk removal experts offer humane services that place a focus on rehoming the animal safely so that you can reclaim your property’s safety and beauty. Contact us today for a free estimate!