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Skunk Removal

Now serving Greater Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Greater Indianapolis

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Chicago – (708)-320-0004

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Affordable, Humane Skunk Removal

We do every skunk related service you would expect from a wildlife control company that does skunks. We remove skunk odor. We clean up damage by skunks and can help prevent future conflicts with skunks by habitat modification. We trap skunks and capture skunks. We can even catch a rabies suspect skunk and find out of it has skunk rabies. We can install deck barriers to prevent them from living in your yard.

About Skunks

Skunks are average-sized mammals that can range from 15.6 inches (40 centimetres) to 37 inches (94 centimetres) in length and, depending on the species, can weigh from 1.1 pounds (0.50 kilograms) to 18 pounds (8.2 kilograms). Their bodies are elongated and they have very short, muscular legs. Their front paws have long claws which they usually use to dig burrows.

A healthy skunk is a very gentle animal. The skunk has only one form of self defense and that is its ability to spray a noxious offending smell. This pungent spray is a highly effective defense mechanism against the skunk’s natural predators. In fact, the smell is strong enough to scare away large bears. The oily, yellowish-colored spray comes out of the two glands that are located near the animal’s anus. Many people believe that skunk spray is infinite and that skunk’s can release the smelly liquid at any given time. This is not true. Skunks need time to produce this liquid, and they can also run out if they spray it too much or too often. They can spray this liquid to about ten feet or three meters away, enough to scare away any potential predator lurking nearby. When the oily spray is mixed with water, its smell becomes even more offensive. Attempting to wash it off can only make the situation worse.

Skunk spray poses no real, life-threatening danger. It can, however, make the animal or human extremely uncomfortable and smelly. The compound can also burn your eyes and cause animals and humans to vomit. The smell can stay for several days and any attempts at washing it off can seem futile.

Skunk Bites

Healthy skunks rarely bite humans. There are cases when domesticated skunks bite humans because their spray glands have been surgically removed, but this rarely happens. Skunk bites mostly happen if the animal is infected with rabies. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have recorded 1,494 cases of rabies-infected skunks.

Skunk Breeding

Unlike beavers, skunks are polygynous. This means that males have multiple breeding partners all throughout their lives and they can also mate with several females. Female skunks normally have a 66-day gestation period. They give birth usually during the month of May. Baby skunks are born without eyesight and they are also born deaf. They are covered in a smooth, soft, and fine layer of fur. Their eyes will open after three weeks after birth. Their mother takes care of the kits for about two months. After that, they can still stay with their mothers for about one year until they are ready to mate with their own species.

Social Structure and Behavior

Skunks are solitary animals and will only seek other skunks when it is already time for breeding, although if the weather is too cold, female skunks gather together for warmth. Males generally prefer to nest on their own.

Unlike groundhogs, they do not undergo “true” hibernation. This means that although they nest inside their burrows or other structures throughout the winter, they do not experience “torpor”. They just remain inactive and rarely go outside to look for food.

Skunks have poor eyesight, which is why they prone to road accidents as they cannot sense fast approaching vehicles. They can only see up to 3 meters (10 feet) away. Although they have poor vision, they make up for it by developing a good sense of hearing and smell.

These animals are usually found living inside underground burrows which have been left behind by other burrowing animals, such as groundhogs and beavers. They are also found living inside old buildings and hollowed-out tree logs. In places with extremely cold winter seasons, skunks will nest inside these structures until the weather becomes a little warmer.

Skunk Diet

Like humans, skunks are omnivores. They eat plant and animal materials and they can change their diet depending on the season. Their diet mostly consists of the following: earthworms, lizards, moles, birds, eggs, small rodents, salamanders, snakes, grass, nuts, seeds, leaves, berries, and other types of fruits.

Skunks have been seen rummaging through garbage cans. They are great scavengers and can live off of bird and rodent carcasses which have been killed by other animals such as cats and dogs. Pet owners usually complain about missing pet food or damaged pet food containers. This can sometimes be caused by skunks which have found their way inside houses.

Skunks can be caught easily in a cage trap. The question is what to do with one once it is caught. We are pretty good at removing skunks without any further spraying. Once a skunk is caught in a trap try to keep the skunk quiet by keeping all pets, children and well everyone away until the trap and skunk are removed. Often times people attempting to catch a raccoon or cat in a live trap are surprised to find a skunk in their trap. If that happens to you and you don’t know what to do call us and we can remove the skunk and handle according to state laws.

Skunks tend to be a seasonal nuisance. In the fall they often dig up grubs in your yard as they try to build fat reserves for the winter.  The other busy time seems to be after the baby skunks are able to leave the den and feed on their own.

Get rid of skunks and call us for all your animal control needs today!

What to Do When You See a Skunk

Skunks, although calm and non-threatening animals, are one of the most avoided animals in America. These animals live in all of the 50 American states and once in a while, they may be seen wandering around public and residential areas. These small, furry animals may not be as dangerous as bears or snakes but they have the ability to make your entire home smell horrendous for weeks. Here, we will list down tips on what to do when you (unfortunately) run into a skunk:

  1. Do your best to avoid the animal – skunks are nocturnal animals, which simply mean that they are more active at night. If you think that a skunk is lurking around, just try to avoid doing outdoor activities after dark so you can minimize the risk of running into one. Skunk removal experts recommend that you walk your dog before the sun comes down to avoid any encounters.
  2. Do not threaten the skunk – skunks only spray when they feel threatened. If you run into a skunk, do not try to go near it nor should you attempt to kill it. The best course of action when you find yourself in this situation is to simply back away as slowly and as quietly as possible. Any sudden movements and loud noises can easily startle the skunk. Skunks may occasionally approach people simply because they can’t see them. These critters are extremely near-sighted so they may not see you when you’re far away. If a skunk is approaching you, try talking in a low voice, this makes the skunk aware of your presence and may actually make it walk away.
  3. Notice the signs of a threatened skunk – before spraying, skunks will usually prepare by raising its tail, exposing its spraying glands. It will stomp its front legs on the ground while facing away from you. If you see these signs, again, try to back away slowly and quietly.
  4. Call wildlife removal experts – If a skunk has entered you property, do everything you can to avoid it until wild animal removal services Do not attempt to scare it off or you may increase the risk of getting sprayed.
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As with all kinds of wild animal encounters, it is always best to consult wildlife exclusion and removal professionals. DIY skunk repellents and other methods of skunk removal may be ineffective if done without using the proper equipment.

For any problems regarding skunks and other wild animals, feel free to call us and we will gladly help.

What to Do When You See a Skunk
Illiana Wildlife Services – Northwest Indiana
(219) 464 – 7966