You head out the door on your way to work and a familiar smell hits your nose. A skunk has died nearby. You try not to gag but the odor is strong. Rolling down your windows in the car, you try to usher the smell out as fast as possible, waving your arms towards the open-air, like this will help. This is an experience almost everyone has had at one time or another. If this is the case for you, we have some bad news. Skunks are a lot more than just stinky. Here are some more problems you can expect from these black-and-white-tailed smelly property invaders.
Skunks Can Damage Property
When skunks invade properties, they often do so with a fair amount of force. Pushing their way onto your property and under your home, they can damage fences, decks, and deck lining. Once under a home, it is possible for a skunk to interfere with electrical wiring, plumbing, and utility piping. This can put your home at risk for water damage or even an electrical fire. Skunks are also avid diggers and can damage lawns and plant growth on your property with their burrows.
Skunks Are Dangerous To Your Pets
You might know this, but skunks commonly attack pets if they feel threatened. Say your dog or cat meets a wild skunk on your property. They might become interested. Upon closer investigation, the skunk may spray pungent liquid that upon impact will cause your pet serious discomfort. This discomfort is accentuated when you are put in charge of giving your poor pet a wash down.
Skunks Carry Parasites
Unfortunately, fleas, ticks, and mites are not deterred by the smell of skunks. This means that skunks wandering onto your property could be hosting a myriad of these parasitic pests. If you didn’t know, fleas, ticks, and mites love house pets and are able to transmit dangerous diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, rickettsia, and typhus. Trust us when we tell you, these are not insects you want living in your home.
How To Keep Skunks Away
Skunks love to nest beneath porches, inside crawl spaces, and within outbuilding and barns. Your goal should be to make these areas as hard to access as possible. To do this, here are some things we recommend.
- Repair holes and damage around your home’s exterior foundation.
- Fill in holes around your property that could be used as a skunk den.
- Have your home treated for bugs and rodents as these pests can be attractants for skunks.
- Feed your pets indoors rather than outside.
- Store bird and pet food in sealed locations skunks cannot easily gain access too.
- Seal up openings and damage around your barn or outbuildings.
- Make sure all of your exterior trashcans are equipped with tight-fitting lids.
- Remove any clutter or debris from your yard that skunks might use as harborage.
What To Do About A Skunk On Your Property
It is impossible not to want to deal with a skunk immediately once it has gotten onto your property. The question is, what is the right way to get them to go away? You can try to cover their burrow with leaves and brush, hoping they will get annoyed and leave your property on their own, or you can seek out a more reliable and quick solution. Here at Family Pest Control, we have the traps and bait needed to quickly and safely remove skunks from your San Antonio property.
Reach out to us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an emergency service visit for your property. Our professionals are standing by and ready to come to your aid.