How To Recognize Property Damage Caused By Skunks
Skunks abound in Pennsylvania, and these nocturnal residents known for their rather foul odor can be a cause for concern amongst the human population, as they will sometimes decide to settle down and build their dens in close proximity to human homes. Their revolting odor, once released, can linger for days. If one of these pests has set up shop hear your home, they could cause some pretty serious problems. However, they can be alleviated by using a number of damage control techniques.
In the wild, skunks are just another animal going about their daily life, but if they get too close to human homes, they become a problem. They can quickly become a nuisance with their burrowing and feeding habits. One way to know you have skunks in your yard is by looking out for these holes dug by the skunks. They have a habit of burrowing under porches or buildings, entering through small openings in the foundation. These burrows are built to act as their den where they can make more skunks to invade your yard. They also cause a lot of damage when digging for food such as insect grubs found in the soil in lawns, golf courses, and gardens. These usually look like patches of up-turned earth or cone-shaped holes, and are usually 3 to 4 inches in diameter. They can also cause problems for those with gardens or other agricultural sites. They will steal eggs from chickens, occasionally eat corn, and damage beehives trying to get some of that sweet honey. Their tracks can often be used to identify them as the culprit. Both their hind and forefeet have five toes with visible claws.
While there are damage control techniques available for homeowners to use on skunks, their tendency to spray their foul musk at anything they feel is a threat and the potential for them to be carrying rabies leaves homeowners feeling unable to handle the problem themselves. The best route to go in this case is to call in your local wildlife pest control operators to remove the nuisance skunks. This way you don’t have to put yourself in possible danger and can put your trust in professionals that are experienced in removing these animals. You can also take measures to prevent skunks from settling near your home. Sealing off all foundation openings will keep skunks from building their den there. You should make sure to cover any openings with wire mesh, concrete, or sheet metal, and bury the fencing 1 ½ to 2 feet below ground to keep skunks from being able to dig underneath the fencing to gain access to the area under your home. Fence in any other problem areas such as chicken coops, gardens, and window wells or other similar pits. Make sure you use a tight-fitting lid on your trash cans to keep skunks from sifting through your garbage.
Properly getting rid of garbage and eliminating any rodent problems is also necessary if you want to keep skunks away, as rodents and any garbage that is accessible will draw them straight to your door. Getting rid of any debris such as fence posts, lumber, and junk cars, as these can provide a convenient shelter for skunks and will encourage them to use that area for their den. There are traps you can buy to catch your skunk, using any kind of food such as tuna or cat food to lure them in. However, as I mentioned previously, most people don’t feel comfortable dealing with these pests on their own due to the associated dangers, and prefer to let the professionals handle it.
Have you ever had a skunk settle in your yard? How did you deal with the situation?
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