Do you live in the Bartlett TN area? Are you experiencing problems with Skunks getting under your porch, house or commercial building?
Our expert technicians are skilled at trapping and removing these stinky little visitors from your property and relocating them to a reserve over twenty miles away. We are the skunk experts in Bartlett TN!
Did you know that ten species of skunks have been officially identified so far? The most common and recognizable is the Striped Skunk, which can be found all over North America. Skunks are small animals, about the size of a domestic house cat. In the wild, the lifespan of a skunk is about three years, but they can often survive ten years in captivity.
Skunks feed on a variety of sources such as insects, grubs, berries, frogs and even small rodents. Most
of the time skunks will pass through your property and you’ll never
know they were there. They are nocturnal and come out 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 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.
Baby skunks really are cute. They never lose the cuteness of those soft little ears and that little white stripe running up the nose. However, skunks really can be smelly. Even de-scented skunks have some body odor to them. A gathering of skunks is called a surfeit, which means excess, surplus, glut, or oversupply. As you can guess from the name, for most people even one skunk is far too many!
Baby skunks are born in litters of one to fifteen kittens; the skunk
gestation period is 60 to 75 days. Kittens conceived at the beginning of
the mating cycle by older skunks in February will be born between by
the beginning of May. Kittens born to yearling mothers conceived in
April will be born at the end of June. After mating, male skunks have
little to do with the protection, feeding and rearing of young skunks.
Rearing litters of kittens is entirely up to the female.
Skunks can cause some serious damage to your home and yard. Their powerful digging claws can make numerous holes in your lawn while searching for food. Burrowing underneath your porch to prepare their den can create instability in the foundation. Also, skunks are a major health concern as they are known carriers of rabies.
Skunks are carnivores. The diet of most skunks is based on available prey – bugs and insects during warmer weather and small animals as winter sets in. Like other urban wildlife, skunks are definitely opportunistic. They will take a quick snack from your garbage can if the opportunity presents itself.
Skunks can cause some serious
damage to your home and yard. Their powerful digging claws can make
numerous holes in your lawn while searching for food. Burrowing
underneath your porch to prepare their den can create instability in the
foundation. Also, skunks are a major health concern as they are known
carriers of rabies.
As nocturnal animals who avoid conflict, an excellent way to keep skunks out of your garden or yard is to use motion sensitive lights and sprinklers. Additionally, take care to seal small openings under decks, sheds or other areas that a skunk may decide is a potential den.
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.
Skunks rarely spray each other, but a hapless human or curious dog may not be so lucky. When skunks feel threatened, they give a warning before spraying by raising their tail, arching their back like an angry cat, hissing, growling, and stomping their rear feet. Then they start running at you and stomping, and if you don’t know what’s good for you by then, you probably deserve the spraying.
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?”
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.
A male skunk is called a ‘buck’ and the female skunk is called a ‘doe’. The baby skunk is called a ‘kit’. Female skunks give birth to a litter of two to ten babies each year. Skunks have a keen sense of smell and hearing, but they have very poor eyesight. Don’t try to outrun a skunk! Skunks can run up to ten miles per hour!! In the wild, the lifespan of a skunk is about three years, but they can often survive ten years in captivity.
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