What To Do When Skunks Strike

The scent of a nearby skunk is instantly recognizable. It’s a singular, permeating smell—one that could only be attributed to one culprit.

As soon as the stench hits your nose, you know without a doubt who the source is. From there, it’s just a matter of getting the guilty party out—but that’s easier said than done without help from the professionals.

When skunks wander onto your property, their presence is not just a threat to your nasal passages—it’s a danger to your health and your pets’. In the event of a skunk visit, proceed with caution and get in touch for a free inspection. We’ll make quick work of any smelly, striped strangers found at your home or business!

Why Skunks Stink

They Have A Foul-Scented Defense Mechanism

With just a lift of their tail, skunks can unleash a stream of foul-scented spray up to 10 feet away. The substance is a mixture of seven different chemical compounds, including a one called thiol—which gives the spray its notorious ability to cling to the skin.

Skunks will spray when frightened or cornered, so you’re in for a treat if you or your pet unknowingly encounter one. Be wary if skunk spray gets in your eyes or mouth, or your pets—it could cause nausea, vomiting, watery or itchy eyes, or other more severe symptoms in rare cases.

They’re Burrowing Experts

With the help of strong forefeet and long nails, skunks are great diggers. They’re both omnivorous and opportunistic—they’ll dig holes in your yard or burrow beneath buildings in pursuit of their next snack, which will usually consist of insects, grubs, small rodents, fruits, or mushrooms. Not great for your home’s aesthetic—and certainly not for its foundation, either!

Skunks Rival Raccoons As Rabies Carriers

Like the raccoon, their fellow black & white nuisance pest, skunks are primary carriers of rabies. Normally nocturnal creatures, skunks with rabies will wander during the daytime. But to err on the side of caution, avoid approaching them regardless of the time of day and leave the removal process to the experts.

Aside from rabies, skunks are also carriers of canine distemper and roundworm. If you or a pet is bitten by a skunk, contact a medical professional or vet immediately.

We’ll Stand In A Skunk’s Line Of Fire So You Don’t Have To

Don’t assume the risks of skunk removal when the experts are here to help! We’ll solve your skunk problem in a way that doesn’t put you in danger of any lingering odors, parasites or diseases.

How We Stand Up Against Skunks

  • We’ll start with a free inspection to identify your intruders and assess your pest problem. Our licensed wildlife specialists will find where skunks are hiding, the damage they’re doing, and the best strategy for getting them out.
  • We use the trapping and exclusion strategies that have supported our neighbors across Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire for over 40 years. 
  • In case skunks ever make their way back to your property, we will too. Our specialists will return, free of charge, to finish the job.

No Nuisance Pests Allowed

If you happen to sense the warning signs of skunks after our initial visit, give us a call. Our service warranty guarantees that we give pests the boot—or we’ll return, free of charge, until your yard your skunks are gone for good.

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