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Skunk Facts

⦁ Skunks are commonly known for emitting a foul stench
⦁ It is commonly known in North America, South America, Indonesia, and other regions of the world where skunks are often found that you should keep a safe distance if you spot a skunk to avoid getting sprayed
⦁ They use their spray as a defense mechanism
⦁ Two of the most common North American species are the spotted skunk and the striped skunk. The hog-nosed skunk is not as common.
What Do Skunks Look Like?
⦁ North American skunks are known to have black and white lines or spots down their back and possess long claws used to dig.
⦁ Striped skunks have two curved, thick stripes down their backs to their tails. They also tend to have a white patch on their head
⦁ Striped skunks weigh between 4–10 pounds and are 25 inches long on average.
⦁ Spotted skunks have more scattered-looking stripes accompanied by spots down their backs.
⦁ Spotted skunks are smaller and usually grow to weigh no more than 3 pounds and between 15–20 inches long.

Where Do Skunks Live?

⦁ Skunks are nocturnal and tend to live in open areas such as prairies and forest clearings.
⦁ These resilient little animals are capable of withstanding most major of climates.
⦁ Skunks hibernate during the winter season



Are skunks known to enter homes or yards?
⦁ Skunks are often found living under buildings, decks, and patios to gain easy access to nourishment easily provided by humans
⦁ These little creatures are omnivores and therefore will eat just about anything, including rodents, garden vegetation, grubs, insects, and are often found venturing into trash bins for leftover food.
⦁ They may break into chicken coops to steal eggs or chicks.


Do skunks harm people or property?
⦁ A skunk’s spray is emitted from the anal glands and causes an awful stench and temporary blindness from up to 10 feet away.
⦁ Although skunks commonly feared for their odor, they can also damage landscapes, plants, and structures while searching for food.
⦁ Skunks are known to carry and transmit diseases such as rabies, canine distemper, hepatitis, tularemia, and Q-fever.


Control and Safety

While control methods, such as fences, can help keep skunks away, more effort is often necessary to seriously reduce the possibility of infestation.
⦁ Ensure skunks cannot get under building foundations by sealing openings with mesh wire.
⦁ Individuals can also attempt to limit food and water availability.
⦁ To start, secure trash bins, limit rodent populations, and block entry to pet and livestock feeds.
⦁ Keeping landscapes free of debris, such as overgrown shrubs and firewood piles, also deters skunk presence.

Skunk Trapping and Removal

Landowners risk the possibility of being sprayed when they approach skunks. Mishandling can also lead to bites, which require immediate professional medical attention. Instead of attempting removal, property owners should call Critter Control to assist with skunk problems. We employ only expert-level pest professionals to ensure jobs are done right and in the safest way possible.
We can help you get rid of skunk problems. Call today: 505.545.8883 in Albuquerque or 505.545.8891 in Santa Fe.