Skunks dig for grubs in lawns and gardens. They commonly burrow under decks, sheds, porches and buildings to make a den to have their babies. Skunks spray with their scent gland up to 15 feet and the odour can remain on pets for weeks or months. They can carry the rabies virus and not ‘look’ infected. Skunks are usually silent but can produce a bird like noise.
Skunks spray with their scent gland up to 15 feet!
Skunks are about the size of a cat and usually displays a pair of white stripes on its back. The white pattern varies and may range from small patches limited to the head to large expanses covering most of the pelt.
Skunks prefer woodlands, open areas, grasslands and valleys. This species is also a regular inhabitant of farmsteads and cities. Skunks live in abandoned dens of other mammals, including groundhogs and foxes. They will also live in rock piles, stumps, or even under houses decks, sheds, gazebos or porches especially during baby season.
Skunks breed in February through April with a gestation period of approximately 63 days. They have1 litter per year with 3 to 9 kits per litter. Baby skunks keep their eyes closed for first 21 days and remain in the den for the first 6 to 8 weeks. After this time the young will venture out at night with the mother to forage with her. Their life span is between 5 to 10 years.
We always try to find the most humane and least stressful options in removing the nuisance animals. Sometimes different animals, pests or situations may require different solutions. We are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you have.