Skunk FAQs

When are skunks a problem?

While famous for their smell, that isn't the only problem that comes with skunks. Skunks dig and burrow. They dig holes in gardens, lawns and golf courses. They damage crops. Skunks are omnivorous and include poultry and eggs in their diet when available. Skunks damage property, scare people, injure pets, threaten your physical and mental health and keep you up at night.

Why did the skunks pick my house?

Skunks pick houses based on curb appeal. Your home must be attractive. Look around to see if you have food available, like bird feeders, garbage, gardens, lawn grubs or pet food. If any of these are present, skunks see a good place to eat and chances are they will want to move right in. Also, homes that have crawl spaces, decks, or porches with open but protected space underneath are appealing to critters.

How can I get the skunks out?

Hire a professional for on-site removal, or try our over-the-phone skunk removal coaching service.

Why do I need to get rid of skunks?

Often the answer is right under your nose! The smell of skunk is very unpleasant. Skunks will gladly take up residence under sheds, decks or porches. They scent mark their territory to let other animals know a spot has been claimed. There is always the concern that one night you or a child or pet will stumble across a skunk our searching for food and become a victim of the spray. Skunks are very accurate and a direct hit can send the victim into shock. Even if nothing this dramatic happens, the outside of your homes is threatened when your landscaping is damaged by the digging and grubbing of the skunk searching for food.

When do skunks come into houses?

Skunks don't regularly seek to enter houses, but do occasionally end up inside homes through pet doors. This is alarming and obviously dangerous. Contact us immediately! More often, skunks end up under houses in crawl spaces or under porches or in outbuildings. They seek shelter when mating, raising babies, and for wintertime. Again, call us. We can help.

When is the best time to get rid of skunks?

As soon as you suspect you have a skunk it is time to act. Delay allows the skunk smell to permeate your home, becoming very hard to remove. Delay also increases the chances of a direct encounter with the animal or the outbreak of disease or illness.

Where do skunks live?

Skunks are found throughout North America and in a variety of natural habitats-river bottoms, under rocks and logs, anywhere there is food, water and shelter. Skunks live in the human world very successfully and in some areas their population has actually increased through human contact due to increased food sources. Skunks like to live in holes and will use existing ones, like space under decks, or create their own by digging and burrowing. Their digging can undermine foundations. Skunks are nocturnal and are often not noticed in an area until their smell gives them away.

Where do skunks usually enter a building?

Skunks are burrowers and diggers. They search out weak points and enter through gaps in the foundation or by creating a hole themselves to access crawl spaces or under sheds, porches and decks. Woodpiles, automobiles or scrap piles also make good skunk homes.

Where can I get help with my skunk problem?

Call us. We are professional skunk removers and have trained technicians who can help you get rid of the skunks, keep them out, and clean up the mess.

How do I know if I have skunks in my attic?

Skunks are not subtle and leave a trail that your nose will not miss. Scent is usually the first thing people notice. But, there are other signs. If you see 3-4 inch cone shaped holes in your lawn or golf course, it is probably from skunks. Garden damage, especially low down, like the lower ears of corn stalks, is another good indicator. Lawn damage might mean a skunk is just passing through, so you must also listen and look for signs around your home. There will be access holes with trails or paths leading to them. Skunks also make night noises under buildings or porches and decks.