Skunks

Identification

Skunks are hard to be mistaken for any other animal. They are usually going to get to about 70 centimeters of length and wouldn’t weight more than two kilograms at most. Of course, this is usually based on the particular species. However, the ones that we mentioned above as being most common in the USA fall within this description. They have black fur with white stripes or spots on top based on the species.

Feed on:

Skunks prefer eggs, eating those of ground-nesting birds, but they will also feed on insects, grubs, small rodents, snakes, frogs, mushrooms, berries and fruit, pet food, bird food, and garbage.

Habits:

Skunks often den in abandoned burrows dug by ground squirrels, fox, or coyotes. They will also harbor in brush piles, hollow logs, and culverts, as well as beneath decks, porches, and buildings. They are attracted to residential areas by the ready availability of food, water, and shelter.

The Problem:

Skunks are not only an odorous annoyance when threatened, they are carriers of numerous diseases, including rabies, leptospirosis, listeriosis, canine distemper, canine hepatitis, Q-fever, tularemia, and trypanosoma. They will also eat garden fruits and dig for grubs and other insects. They may also damage lawns by rolling back sections of sod in search of insects.

Behaviors:

While skunks are known for keeping the overall balance when it comes to rodent and insect population in nature, if they encounter themselves in your premise, they can be a true curse. Now, for the most part, skunks are carnivorous, and they would usually feed on some rodents which are rather harmful to humans such as mice, rats, shrews, and others of the kind.

However, because of their carnivorous nature, they are also known for harming property as well as domestic animals as well. They are going to feed on chickens and on their eggs. They are also known for destroying fruit, vegetables and doing particular amounts of damage on your lawn.

Control & Prevention:

Now, when it comes to controlling skunk issues, it is absolutely crucial that you use the services of a professional. This is particularly important, and it’s capable of sparing you quite a lot of troubles. Keep in mind that skunks can get quite aggressive and cause you some significant damage. What is more, upon sensing danger, their glands are going to release a particularly tremendous amount of horrible liquid. Keep in mind that the liquid can actually be discharged up to 20 feet and they are also pretty accurate. If any of this liquid gets in your eyes, you are going to feel extreme pain, and even temporary blindness can take place.