How To Keep Skunks From Nesting Below Patios, Sheds, Garages And Houses
Skunks are common in Pennsylvania where they are well known for being occasional wildlife pests and possible rabies carriers. Of the two skunk species found in Pennsylvania, Mephitis mephitis, or the “striped skunk” as it is more commonly known, can be found in every area of the state. This species is recognizable for the white stripe running lengthwise across the top of its otherwise black body, and adults grow to be the size of an average house cat. The other, more weasel-like species, Spilogale putorius, or the “spotted skunk,” can be found in several southcentral counties in Pennsylvania, and their jet black furry coat is adorned with white spots and dashes. Due to this species’ limited habitat in Pennsylvania, the striped skunk is the only skunk species in the state that is considered a significant wildlife pest to residential properties. On residential properties, skunks can become a nuisance, and they sometimes inflict costly property damage. Skunks also have a tendency to establish shelter on residential lawns where they can pose a threat to residents.
Skunks often burrow beneath porches, within crawlspaces and against sheds, garages and the foundations of houses. Skunks can cause significant and expensive damage to lawn grass and gardens by excavating burrows, or when digging up grubs and other insect food sources. While searching for grubs that feed on grass roots, skunks leave behind cone-shaped holes in the ground that are 3 to 4 inches in width. If a resident approaches a skunk while its resting in its burrow the skunk may become threatened and spray its foul-smelling musk or even become violent. In order to keep skunks from burrowing with crawl spaces or invading cellars and basements, all foundation openings should be well-sealed with wire mesh, concrete, sheet metal, or sheet plastic. Mesh fencing and fiberglass domes can keep skunks out of window wells and other pits, and mesh screens can prevent skunks from burrowing beneath porches. If you choose to install a fence, it should be placed between 1 ½ to 2 feet below the ground surface to prevent skunks from digging an access hole into yards.
Have you ever smelled the musk of a skunk near your home?
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