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Pest Control in Bealeton, VA
Skunks are generally harmless animals, and very curious as well. It is still a good idea to stay away from them, however. Getting near a skunk will put you at risk for the infamous tail raise and nauseating perfume it emits. Peeeew! What’s worse, the skunk can bite you and then you may have to be treated for rabies. Similarly to a raccoon, skunks are omnivores and will rummage through your trash cans for snacks. Skunks will also make its home on your property, under your porches, or decks. By following our advice given on the below tips and tricks, you can learn how to do your own skunk removal and make your yard less interesting to skunks…or get the existing skunks outta there!
Skunks are very innovative and as a scavenger by nature, they are drawn to any nutritious food sources on the ground or within easy reach. If you have fruit trees or trees that produce nuts, berries, crabapples…clean up the fallen fruits and nuts by raking the yard often. Other sources, like grass clippings, should also be discarded, since it may contain seeds or other sources of food for skunks.
Just like raccoons, and the occasional stray cat or dog, skunks are known to be able to survive on garbage alone. It’s important to keep your trash cans properly sealed tight. Sometimes, regular garbage cans simply will not work. Funny enough, you may need to purchase a garbage can that uses a lock and key to keep these critters out.
Under decks, porches, and in other sheltered areas are the perfect places for a skunk to make its nest. Close off spaces that may be appealing to skunks by using rocks, fencing, or plywood.
Skunks are nocturnal, and when they enter the yard and a bright light turns on, they will ‘high tail it’ out of there. However, one of the downfalls to this is your risk attracting insects that like bright light, such as crickets and moths.
There are not many smells known that would offend Pepe Le Pew. However, If you place certain smells around the edges of your yard and in areas where you suspect skunks like to spend time, they will start avoiding those areas. Repellents have to be reapplied every few days, especially after a heavy rain.
Nothing worse than an unwanted shower when going out for dinner…when the skunks wander too closely this is what they will get with a motion-triggered sprinkler system. This is a safe and natural way to keep skunks away from your house and property. Place them strategically close to areas where you suspect skunks might want to hide.
If you’d rather leave all the skunk handling to an expert, give us a call and we will send one of our licensed wildlife experts over to take care of removal. He will have the tools and knowledge to trap and release the skunk. You may contact us on the web at SESNow.com or call us at 703.382.2532.
Learn more about skunk removal here: https://www.summitenvironmentalsolutions.com/animal-control/skunks/
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