Do you live in the Germantown TN area? Are you experiencing problems with Skunks getting under your porch, house or commercial building?
Skunks are common in the Germantown area. As a result, customers can accidentally catch skunks when trapping for raccoons. If you accidentally catch a skunk and are not sure what to do, just give us a call and we will be happy to help. A caged skunk can be dealt with, and often without us getting sprayed or your belongings getting sprayed!
is the most substantial problem associated with skunks. In fact, in the
Midwest of the United States, the skunk is the number one carrier of
the Rabies Disease. Skunks are nocturnal. If you encounter one during the day you should definitely stay away from it.
Skunk odor is caused by a unique chemical the skunk’s body manufactures. There’s chemistry behind that nasty scent! Pungent doesn’t begin to describe the smell of skunk spray. A skunk can discharge a nauseating, sulfur-alcohol spray from its scent glands as an intimidation tool. The odor has been likened to a mixture of perfume musk, essence of garlic, burning sulfur and sewer gas "magnified a thousand times”.
Contrary to popular opinion, tomato juice does not get rid of skunk odors. If the skunk has heavily sprayed clothing or other items, you may want to simply discard them.
Skunks prey on small animals, honey bees and birds. Because of their sharp claws, they are known for their excellent digging abilities. Skunks can destroy a manicured lawn in an overnight forage!
Striped Skunks have few natural predators, except for birds of prey. Like all skunks, Striped Skunks possess highly developed musk-filled scent glands to ward off predators. The Striped Skunk is one of the most recognizable of North America's animals. It is a popular figure in cartoons and children's books.
Chances are you have never seen a living wild skunk. The reason is these mammals are nocturnal and RARELY venture out during the day. Baby skunks really are cute; in fact, skunks never lose the cuteness of those soft little ears and that little white stripe running up the nose. Most of the time, skunks will pass through your property and you’ll never know they were there. However, every once in a while you may sometimes see a shadowy little black and white figure on your security camera at night.
The diet of most skunks is based on seasonably available prey – bugs and insects during the spring and summer, and small animals as cold weather sets in. Their technical classification, of course, doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy an occasional berry or leaf in the fall. Skunks will also take a quick snack from a garbage heap if it’s available.
The sweet smell of solitude. Skunks feed on a variety of sources such as insects, grubs, berries, frogs and even small rodents. They are nocturnal and most active at night. However, they will sometimes venture out during the day in search of food or to find a mate. Skunks do not hibernate, although they do stay within their dens during colder temperatures. Other than during mating season, they spend most of their time alone.
Skunks like to hide. Skunks thrive in a variety of different environments. A skunk’s primary nesting site is within abandoned burrows of other animals. They also nest in hollow trees, stumps and, unfortunately, sometimes under porches and decks. If necessary, using their sharp claws, they will burrow their own den underground and use tree branches, leaves and brush for concealment.
Their stinky spray isn’t a weapon — it’s a warning. Like many smaller animals, the skunk’s weapons are all about self-defense, not offense. The organic sulfur-compound they eject from two small anal glands (known as a musk) indicates they taste bad – and the spray warns predators to stay away. Skunks are typically not aggressive, but will spray a very foul odor when they feel threatened.
If you happen upon a skunk and are lucky enough to see the warning, get away FAST. A skunk can spray its victim as far as 10 or 15 feet away! All of these warnings are an effort to display their smelly intentions before they actually use their spray.
It takes 10 to 12 days to replenish their stinky supply. The natural production of their offensive spray isn’t quick. It can take nearly two weeks to make enough for just a few shots.
Their spray is a last resort. Skunks will usually avoid conflict and, most frequently, choose flight over fight. Unless they’re suddenly scared, they give you lots of warning before they spray, starting by lifting the tail like a flag. That lift gets the tail out of the way of the spray, but also says, “Look here; I’m a skunk. Don’t you know what skunks do? Shouldn’t you be leaving now?”
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