Skunks
Animals digging in your yard? Skunk odors? Skunks under your home or porch? These are oftentimes indicators that skunks are living on or near your property. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective skunk removal and exclusion services.

Description

It is safe to say that many are familiar with skunks. Whether it be for their distinct features and coloration, or for their foul, pungent smelling defense mechanism, skunks are common critters that most know to avoid. Skunks are very common throughout the United States and are well known throughout Houston as well as its surrounding areas. 

Appearance

Skunks being mostly nocturnal, and spotted at night, are often mistaken at first glance for raccoons, cats, or even small dogs. However, when looking further, skunks are very easily identified by their distinct coloration and other features. Skunks typically:

  • Have distinct black and white markings
  • Have long claws used for digging 
  • Display two outward-bowing, thick stripes along their backs, which join together near their tails
  • Have white patches on their heads
  • Weigh between 4 and 10 pounds
  • Measure approximately 25 inches lengthwise

Habitat

Skunks are mostly nocturnal and prefer to live in open areas such as prairies, pastures, and forest edges. The animals are capable of surviving in most climates. More and more wildlife are venturing into Houston and claiming it as their home. Skunks are certainly no different and find that Houston provides desirable resources for food and shelter.

Skunk Control Problems

Entry

Nourishment available in areas of human activity compels skunks to live as close as possible. Typically living under buildings, decks, and patios. Skunks are omnivorous mammals, meaning that they will eat just about anything, including rodents, garden vegetation, grubs, and other insects, and regularly venture into trash in search of food. In terms of entry, skunks will get into anything they possibly can in search of food. 

Damage

Aside from the damage skunks cause in their search for food, these critters are known for other damages as well. Approaching or cornering a skunk is a bad idea and mostly due to their signature defense mechanism. Sprayed from the anal glands, skunk secretions cause horrible odors and temporary blindness and can hit predators and people up to 10 feet away. Although mostly detested for their odor, skunks also damage landscapes, plants, and structures when they dig for food. One of the most common carriers of rabies, skunks are also known transmitters of various diseases and parasites.

Control and Safety

While control methods, like erecting fences, help keep skunks away, more effort is often necessary to seriously reduce the possibility of infestation. Habitat modification is essential. Ensuring skunks cannot get under building foundations, and limiting the resources that attract skunks to your home and property.

  • Sealing openings with mesh wire
  • Limiting food and water availability
  • Securing trash bins
  • Limiting rodent populations
  • Blocking entry to pet and livestock feeds
  • Keeping landscapes free of debris such as overgrown shrubs and firewood piles

These methods, implemented correctly, will most likely deter skunk presence from your home and property. 

Trapping and Removal

Approaching a skunk is never a good idea, especially so if you are not a trained and experienced professional. Approaching skunks leads to the risk of being sprayed amongst other things. Mishandling can also lead to bites, which will require immediate professional medical attention. Property owners should call Critter Control of Houston to assist with all skunk problems. We employ only expert-level pest professionals to ensure jobs are done right and in the safest way possible.

Call the Critter Control of Houston office today! We can help you get rid of skunk problems!  713.391.8066 

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