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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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