Have you recently seen a skunk or two around your home? Many people are nervous around skunks because nobody wants to be sprayed with that notoriously horrible scent. Fortunately, skunks are peace loving animals who just want to wander about eating rats and lizards and grubs, and sometimes your trash. But when they become a nuisance, its time to call the professionals.
At Apex Wildlife Control, our skilled technicians are trained to humanely trap and remove these beautiful but smelly little creatures. We only use live cage traps, and check these traps every 36 hours as mandated by state law. Once trapped, we relocate the skunks to a wildlife area over twenty miles away from your home so they can live out their days just enjoying being a skunk!
Skunks are lovely to look at, but they sure can do a number on your lawn and garden. Skunks are omnivores which means they eat meat and plants. Their long, sharp claws can quickly dig up your lawn in search of tasty grubs, worms and insects. But then they will also raid your garden for fresh fruits and vegetables, often making a mess there too.
Just like raccoons and opossums, skunks to enjoy a nice snack from your garbage. These little stinkers will tip over your trash cans in a heartbeat in search of yummy leftovers, and they are not picky about what they eat. If its edible, they will dig it out and eat it.
Skunks begin mating in January, and the females give birth to their young in the spring. These babies are born blind and hairless, but within six weeks they will begin to follow their mother out into the world to learn the ways of being a skunk.
As adorable as baby skunks are, you should remember that they cannot control their spray like adults can. If frightened, they spray first and ask questions afterward! Fortunately, their spray is not as strong as that of an adult skunk.
Like all wildlife mothers, skunks are fiercly protective of their babies. Skunks rarely attack unless provoked, but if mama skunk thinks her babies are in danger, you are almost assured of a thorough spraying.
Skunks absolutely carry diseases, and one of the deadliest is rabies. That’s not to say that all skunks carry rabies, but these animals are more likely to carry rabies than most animals in North America. Skunks also can carry distemper, so you want to keep your pets away from these wild creatures. If your dog gets into a skirmish with a skunk, take him to the vet right away to be check out and then call Apex!
There are many diseases skunks can spread through their droppings and urine as well. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can produce high fever, muscle pain, and headaches. Hepatitis is a viral condition affecting
the liver and Tularemia is a rare bacterial infection that can cause
sepsis, a complication that occurs when the infection spreads throughout
the body via the bloodstream.
We also perform wildlife trapping in Collierville TN for rats, mice, squirrels, moles,
opossums, raccoons, armadillos and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are happy to help!