Commonly found burrowed under a front porch, deck or shed in the yard, skunks are a relaxed, easy going creature and will only spray if they feel threatened or during mating season. Given the chance, a skunk will often give a warning sign by stomping its front feet or turning its rear end towards the threat with its tail raised, spraying as a last resort. Because skunks are poor climbers and suffer poor eyesight, they will often fall into window wells or in ground pools. They are a nocturnal animal that are active year round but may become dormant for short periods during extreme cold weather.
Normally giving birth in May, skunks will average 3-7 babies.
The most common concerns with having a skunk den on your property would be the increased chance of you or your pet being sprayed. They are one of the most common transmitters of rabies and distemper. Skunks also tend to undermine the porch or shed that the den is under causing it too shift or settle. Also, if the skunk were to spray underneath a deck or concrete porch that is attached to the house, the smell will sometimes permeate through cracks in the foundation, basement windows or be sucked in by air exchangers.
Skunk Removal and Control
When removing skunks from under a deck, shed, porch or crawl space, you need to prevent them from doing what they were born to do which is digging. We dig a trench around the object that they
have burrowed under and bury a heavy gauge welded wire in a certain way as to prevent them from ever digging back underneath. We then remove all of the skunks using special skunk one-way door which prevents them from re-entering. We have to go to this extent because even if you are able to get rid of the one resident skunk, the smell of it is now under there which will keep attracting all of the other neibourhood skunks to move in and inhabit the now vacant den.
Special attention is paid during baby season to ensure all of the young are removed and relocated by the mom.