Skunk Problem? 1-888-488-1415
Posted by animalcontrol on December 12, 2008
This is a message I got on my answering machine yesterday from a women with a skunk problem in Denver, Colorado:
“Hi! I am an animal lover but when it comes to skunks they are not my favorite. For the past few nights I have seen three baby skunks in my yard eating the peanuts I feed my squirrels and the dry cat food and water I leave for the cats next door. I believe they are living under the porch because they go right back under the porch when they are done. They are so small they can’t even get up the stairs. I haven’t seen a mama yet just the babies. I am concerned that soon there will be skunk odors when they are old enough to spray, also I have two small children and I am concerned about letting them play out in the yard. What should I do???”
I am so glad that this kind-hearted person called me about her problem. I understand her love for animals, and also her desire to get rid of the skunks that have taken up residence under her porch.
Actually, this sort of situation is pretty common. Skunks prefer areas that are low to the ground, like underneath porches and inside small sheds. Skunks have even been known to use pet doors to enter homes where they then find a closet and go to sleep!
The biggest concern with skunks is, of course, the skunk smell. Skunks can carry rabies, but it is not common. Usually, their smell is worse than their bite. Unfortunately, the odor can be very, very difficult or impossible to remove from carpets, clothing, pets, clothes, etc.
The rest of this story is that when the technician I referred to her arrived at the woman’s home that evening, neither the babies nor the mother were in sight. He set up his traps in the yard and under the porch, praying all the while that they would choose the yard traps to make the skunk removal easier. A good pro will not upset the animals if it can be avoided, and dragging the traps back out from under the porch might be enough to trigger a spray.
He didn’t have to wait long before they came parading across the yard, tails in the air. They actually are pretty cute little animals, especially the babies. After a few hours he successfully had FOUR babies, plus Mom, in his truck.
Another skunk control case closed.