Skunk Removal Valley Village CA
Skunks are some of the most well-known household pests in the United States. And yet, many homeowners don’t know that much about them, or else, have a completely mistaken opinion about skunks, in general. On this page, we’ll focus on setting things straight, as well as showing you how we, at Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, go about removing skunks from your property.
Before we discuss skunk damage and removal per se, let us take a moment to discuss skunks in general. What they look like and what they do, because we feel it’s important that you know these things, as a homeowner.
Skunk Appearance, Diet, & Behavior
Skunks vary wildly in size, with most of them ranging from 15 to 40 inches in body length (40 to 100 cm). They have short, powerful legs and sharp front claws for digging. It may also surprise you to learn that skunks have different color patterns, not just the traditional black and white. That’s right – skunks may also be brown, gray, or other earth colors.
In fact, the traditional white and black coloration of skunks is an example of warning coloration – a way for the skunk to signal it’s not worth trying to attack.
Diet-wise, skunks are omnivorous, eating anything from insects, larvae, lizards, plants, and so on. Usually, a skunk’s diet changes depending on the season. The skunk’s omnivorous nature means it’s easy to attract skunks to your property because they likely eat whatever you’ve got to offer. So that’s not great news for homeowners.
As far as behavior is concerned, skunks are generally solitary creatures, outside of their natural mating season (early in spring). They are crepuscular by nature and spend most of the daytime hiding inside their burrows. When they come out, they usually do so to look for food.
While the skunk isn’t an overly large animal, it has few natural predators because of its foul-smelling spray. The spray is very offensive and strong enough to ward off full-grown bears and other such, much larger predators. This leaves the skunk to roam freely and usually unbothered by other, larger animals.
Although we tend to imagine the skunk as a foul-tempered, vicious creature, that’s not actually the case. You see, in spite of what we’ve seen in cartoons and such, skunks don’t go around spraying everything they see. Since it takes time for them to replenish their spray reserve, they need to be careful about how and when they release their spray. Without it, they become small-ish, vulnerable animals, so they need to be very conservative about who and when they spray.
So, what’s such a creature doing inside your home? Usually, skunks will hide inside sheds, piles of logs, attics, basements, and the like, because they provide fairly safe nesting areas. They also flock to human dwellings because they offer a lot of excellent food for skunks. In other words, it’s an ideal home, though not an ideal situation for you, the homeowner.
At Animoval a Humane Wildlife Solution, we provide humane alternatives that allow you to safely remove skunks from your property without harming them.
We start with an assessment visit, which is necessary in order to determine how many skunks you’ve got living on your property, their exact location, and so on. After this brief but thorough inspection, we go about devising a plan. Usually, this plan involves luring out the skunk with the use of light or noise and leading it into our pre-set trap. Don’t worry, we’re talking about live traps, not the kind that kills the poor animal. We find that’s largely unnecessary, unpleasant, and inefficient, and so choose to stay away from such extreme removal methods.
Our traps are designed in such a way that they offer ample space for the skunk to exist and move about, without harming it, but not enough for it to escape. We then use our traps to cart the skunk away from your property, and to a safe location.
We also handle the repair and cleaning of damage caused by the intrusive skunk and offer you helpful suggestions and tips for preventive maintenance. For example, we’ll show you where the skunk came in, and what you can do to prevent future infestations.
Lastly, what kind of damage can a skunk do to your property? Thankfully, skunks are fairly reclusive and non-aggressive creatures. They won’t damage structures, furniture, or other property, the only real threat being the smell of their feces which may get into fabrics and structures.
Likewise, they won’t attack poultry or pets, although they will spray them if they feel threatened, which will harm and endanger your pet. This is also true for you and your family, which is why you should call a professional skunk removal service as soon as possible if you suspect there’s a skunk!