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Having Skunk Struggles?
Known for their odorous stench, skunks have been around causing trouble for homeowners and property owners for years. Skunks, the famous white striped mammal can be a problem when they seek shelter under decks and porches, places where they are usually found.
How SOS Wildlife Control Can Help
SOS Wildlife Control Inc. delivers humane, professional and effective skunk removal solutions. Our methods consist of conducting a thorough inspection of the property being examined to find evidence of wildlife, baby wildlife, entry-points, main entry-points and potential entry-points. Once these are determined, a customized plan is devised in order to deliver the best possible results. The skunk removal process involves the installation of a one-way door, a door that allows the skunk the exit the area that needs vacating, but not allows them to re-enter.
In the event where young skunks are present, the use of a one-way door should not be used. Young wildlife do not yet have the ability to climb through these and if their mother does, she will not be able to return to them and nurture for them. The baby raccoons are removed separately and then reunited with her young soon after.
- Skunks finding shelter and living under your deck or shed
- Aggravating your pets
- Potentially using defensive spray nearby causing unpleasant scent
- Leaving holes by digging in yard
In certain circumstances, we conduct trapping solutions for wildlife removal issues. This is only enforced when the animal is in the immediate vicinity and must be removed right there and then. All trapping methods conducted by SOS Wildlife Control are in accordance is Ontario rules and regulations. When trapping wildlife, the animal is released in the general vicinity of the place found. Relocation is only used if necessary as when wildlife are moved they are often disoriented with no known source of food and water. Never are wildlife relocated to an area exceeding 1 km. All processes are humane and by Ontario regulation standards.
Although conducting skunk removal and prevention on your own is an option, it isn’t always the most favourable one. Skunks have the unique ability to spray a foul odoured liquid to defend itself which they’re most popularly known from (aside from it’s long white stripe). Trying to remove a skunk will probably cause them to be anxious and more likely to spray. People who consider do-it-yourself skunk removal or prevention may not realize the cost and effort that may add up in the process. Not properly conducting these prevention or removals can result in you paying more in the long run, adding to your expenses and using your time.
In addition to time and money it can cost you, bad encounters with skunks can also put you at risk of some of the disease that skunks carry and transmit. Skunks are possible carriers of rabies, a virus that is a transmitted from bites, scratches with contact of their saliva. Distemper is also a problem that can be spread to other animals. If you have a pet, it’s important to know the risks in having them near wildlife animals.
Skunks are wildly recognized by their black fur with a white stripe down their back. There are several different types of skunks in North America which include the Hog-nosed skunk, Hooded skunk, Eastern Spotted Skunk and the Striped skunk. The one most commonly found here is the easily distinguishable Striped Skunk. Skunks are intelligent wildlife animals who also are easily adaptable to live in different areas as long as their basic needs of food and shelter are met.
Skunks have a lifespan of up to 2-4 years. Their mating seasons occur in early spring and have a gestation period of about 66 days. When skunks give birth, they have about 4-7 young called kits, with no ability to see or hear until a couple weeks. Young kits stay with their mother for about a year when they’re ready to mate.
A skunks diet consists of a variety of foods varying throughout the year as the seasons change. Their diet includes worms, rodents, eggs, fruits, nuts, some lizards and more!
A skunk’s defense is the spray it omits a foul odor. This spray consists of chemicals that contain thiols, a sulfur-containing chemical which is used sparingly. Skunks only have a limited amount of sprays for them to use before they can produce more (which takes about 10 days). Because they are limited, skunks often use a series of warning actions when they come across a predator. This includes hissing, stomping and raising their tail issuing a threat.