Skunks

What stinks? It’s not too difficult to know when a skunk has sprayed on your property. They are notorious for using their powerful odor to ward off enemies. For home and pet owners alike, skunks can pose serious risks. From the threat of stench to the possibility of disease, these striped critters are unwelcomed guests in everyone’s backyard.

Aliases:

  • Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis, most common)
  • Eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius)
  • Hooded skunk (Mephitis macroura)
  • Hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus leuconotus)

Description:

  • Size: Varies from 15.6-37 inches long, 1-18 lbs
  • Body: moderately elongated bodies, short muscular legs, long front claws
  • Color: Black and white fur, (some can be brown, grey, or cream-colored), all have some variation of distinguishing striped marking

Characteristics:

  • They shelter in burrows or dens made in logs, brush, hollowed out trees, and under porches, sheds, and outbuildings
  • Skunks are nocturnal, feeding on insects, bird eggs, mushrooms, berries, frogs, and even small rodents
  • They dig small holes in lawns and yards
  • Skunks will typically only use their spray when they are being attacked and trying to defend themselves

The Crimes :

  • The Stink!
  • Spreading Disease:
    – Rabies
    – Leptospirosis
    – Canine distemper
    – Canine hepatitis
    – Intestinal roundworm

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WARNING! Skunks should be considered armed and dangerous.
Do not attempt to rid them by yourself. Contact Expert Pest Control immediately at (800) 235-3093.