Are there skunks under your front stoop, porch, or patio? A strong skunk odor in or around your house and visible digging under stoops or patios are both indicators that skunks are living on your property. If you’re experiencing this, we can help. Conway Professional Services has the experience, resources, and methods to remove skunks from your home safely and effectively. Give us a call today at 1-231-487-9300.
Skunks (sometimes also called polecats) are easily distinguished by their bold, striped markings. The most common fur colors are black and white, but some skunks are shades of brown, gray, and even cream. All skunks are striped (even from birth), but sometimes those stripes are broken and appear as spots or splotches.
Skunks are also notorious for the strong smelling liquid they spray when threatened. The liquid is expelled from a gland under the tail and has a range of up to 15 feet, so stand back! Skunks vary in size from 15 to 36 inches long (including their tails), and males typically weigh between 3 and 12 pounds. Female skunks tend to be smaller than males and usually weigh fewer than 9 pounds.
Skunks have strong, five-toed front feet that are equipped with long, curved claws that are perfect for digging. Their hind feet have toes that feature shorter, straighter claws. A skunk’s tail is long and bushy.
Skunks are omnivores, which means they eat insects, larvae,
earthworms, grubs, small rodents, snakes, birds, moles and more. In
urban and suburban areas, skunks will forage for food in garbage cans
and consume refuse left by humans. Skunks have also been known to find
their way into garages while searching for pet food.
Skunks are common throughout most of the U.S., including
Northern Michigan. Skunks can thrive in various habitats, but they
prefer forest borders, wooded ravines, and fields with a good water
supply nearby. Skunks like to feel protected, and while they can dig
their own dens, they frequently burrow under existing buildings and
rock or junk piles. In suburban areas, skunks are most often found
under stoops, sheds, and decks where they can dig out dens. Their
entry point is usually about the size of a softball.
In urban and suburban neighborhoods, skunk problems often occur in residences and abandoned buildings. Skunks tend to nest under porches and stoops and burrow under the sides of homes. Skunks can enter homes through very small holes, creating a nest once inside.
Like any unwanted animal, skunks create damage both during entry and after they’ve entered a home. When skunks dig under a stoop, the stoop will frequently begin to crack and collapse. This crumbling concrete is not only a fall hazard, but can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Because of their unpleasantly odoriferous glands, skunks
present a problem unlike any other animal. The scent given off by a
skunk can linger for weeks if not treated properly. It can also be
very troublesome if sprayed on concrete foundation walls. Because
concrete is porous, the scent can persist for an extremely long time
and be very difficult to remove by homeowners who lack specialized
Skunk Health Concerns
Skunks carry parasites and diseases that can be harmful to humans. These include rabies, roundworm, and parvovirus. Sealing up the skunk’s entry points before it has been removed from your property can cause the skunk to be trapped and die under your stoop. When a skunk dies, their scent gland bursts, and the smell is even worse than it would be under normal circumstances. If you think you have skunks under your patio, front stoop, porch, or deck, do not approach them as alarming them may trigger them to spray or even bite you.
Conway Professional Services
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8730 Commerce Ct.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
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