Skunks have distinctive black and white colouring and are easy to recognize. A skunk’s bold colouration is a warning of its potent attack. Skunks can spray a powerful scent up to 15 feet using the glands below their tail. This spray actually burns an attacker’s eyes, causing temporary blindness. The smell is too much for most animals and becomes a strong warning against future attacks. Skunks are omnivores which means they will feed on almost anything including small rodents, worms, insects, grubs, carrion, fruit, garbage, and pet food left outdoors.
Skunks are sometimes called polecats because of their visual similarity to the European polecat (Mustelaputorius), a member of the Mustelidae family. Although the most common fur colour is black and white, some skunks are brown or grey, and a few are cream-colored. All skunks are striped, even from birth. They may have a single thick stripe across back and tail, two thinner stripes, or a series of white spots and broken stripes (in the case of the spotted skunk). Some also have stripes on their legs.
In human-populated areas, skunks frequently burrow underneath our homes, porches, decks, and sheds. If skunks have taken up residence in or around your house and you fail to address them, they can end up causing property damage and even risks to your health.
The most obvious risk of an unaddressed skunk problem is that you and your pets will frequently get sprayed by the skunk’s foul smelling musk every time they are feeling defensive. Even when they are not deliberately spraying you, the area around their den might have a persistent stink. Skunks can also dig up holes in your yard when searching for insects to eat in the soil.
Skunks are one of the most common carriers of rabies, in addition to other harmful diseases. If you see or suspect that a skunk is living around your house, avoid contact with it and call the professionals at SWAT Wildlife to humanely remove them from the area.
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Having a trained Wildlife technician and animal control specialists remove nuisance skunks keeps customers out of harms way from potential run-ins when dealing with their wildlife issue. When trying to tackle the problem on your own without training, you risk property damage, falls from ladders, and even bites from the animals. This also allows the animals to be removed properly to prevent any undue stress and injury to them.
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