Skunks, while cute as can be in beautiful black and white colors, are most famous for their stink glands that they use to scare off would be predators. It is this stink that, although extremely effective at keeping predators at bay, gets them into trouble with humans.

Skunks and humans rarely cross paths, except when one decides to take up residence at your home or office. Here is where the trouble begins because a skunk will spray when it is scared. Wildlife Removal Services in San Diego offers skunk removal services. We are a humane animal control organization, meaning we trap animals to remove them and relocate them; we do not kill or poison them. Skunks can leave behind a mess, not to mention a stench, that can be quite overwhelming.

Call us to have your skunk problem taken care of. After we trap and remove the skunks, we can find out where they entered your home or office and effect methods to close the gap per se to ensure they do not return. Then, we’ll restore your home or office and clean up the mess they left behind. Get in touch today if you have a problem that is not so black and white!

SKUNK BIOLOGY

The two species of skunk are found in California, the striped skunk, which is the most commonly found species, and the spotted skunk. They are both in the weasel family and both have a powerful protective scent gland that can produce a powerful and pungent liquid that can cause nausea and temporary blindness if it enters the eyes.

The striped skunk is as large as a house cat, with a white stripe down its back. Spotted skunks are smaller with white spots or streaks.

Breeding usually starts around February and March for the striped skunk; gestation time is about 9 weeks and litters range from four to six kits. After a few months the kits can be seen following their mother as she makes her nightly rounds in search of food.

Skunks often den in burrows, but in urban settings, they den under decks, porches, or beneath buildings. There is cause for concern when skunks take up residence in an urban or suburban area because in California they are primary carriers of rabies, a viral disease transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. Skunks are also carriers of other diseases including leptospirosis, listeriosis, canine distemper, canine hepatitis, Q-fever, tularemia, and trypanosoma.

Skunks are attracted to residential areas by the availability of food, water, and shelter. They become a nuisance when they live under porches, decks, garden tool sheds, or homes. They like to feed on ripening berries and fallen fruit and cause many other garden problems by digging while in search of grubs and other insects. They often search for food in lawns by digging small pits or cone-shaped depressions that range from to 3 to 5 inches across.

skunk-near-cactusSkunk Bite

Rabies, an infectious disease caused by a virus organism, is found in the saliva of infected animals. It affects only mammals and is transmitted most commonly by a bite. With the exception of bats, the disease is almost always fatal. People can survive the bite of a rabid animal, but only if medical attention is received in time. A physician should attend to ALL skunk bites, no matter how minor, and the local health department should be notified of the incident. Skunks that seem tame or listless and wander about during daylight hours should be treated with great caution because this behavior is symptomatic of rabies. Also, if they exhibit no fear of people or pets and show some aggressive behavior, chances are quite high that they are rabid.

If you live in an area where skunks occur, be sure your dogs and cats are routinely vaccinated against rabies. Some dogs will confront skunks whenever they get an opportunity. Even though they suffer when they get sprayed, some dogs never learn.

WHY CALL WILDLIFE REMOVAL SERVICES IN ORANGE COUNTY

Wildlife Removal Services in San Diego is passionate about protecting our wildlife while ensuring your home and office is safe. With our residential and commercial animal control services, we can remove your critter problem, relocate them, and clean up afterwards, leaving no trace behind. Skunks, although cute, will bite if provoked, especially if they have babies. Plus, you don’t want to disturb them when they do have babies. Make sure you have a healthy respect for all wildlife, and call in the professionals for help to safely protect you and the critters!