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Nuisance concerns: Skunks are usually gentle, often misunderstood creatures. They get a bad reputation because of their smell. However, that smell can cause a headache to many homeowners, particularly when skunks choose to live somewhere within human dwellings, such as under a porch or shed. Furthermore, skunks tend to dig quite a bit, when they are "grubbing", which can ruin a yard.
If you have a skunk problem, there are really no good skunk repellents sold. The only real way to remove a skunk from property is through skunk trapping. You don't need to use lethal trapping means to kill the skunk, you just need a good professional trapper for your skunk control needs. You would not call a pest control for skunks company, or a skunk extermination company, you'd call a specialized skunk removal wildlife trapper to deal with the problem. Truth be known, I've never dealt with a skunk in Orlando. I used to deal with them all the time in Pennsylvania. I've never even smelled a skunk here. Supposedly Florida has both spotted and striped skunks, but I've never seen either. If you see one, I'd be curious to know, so give me a call!
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How To Get Rid Of Skunks
For those people who have a very poor sense of smell, having a skunk living near your home may not be a problem, but for the majority of people they can be a significant problem. The first sign that many people will find that they have is that a family pet such as a dog or a cat will return home smelling terribly because they have been sprayed by a skunk. This foul odor is produced in glands in the anus, and can be sprayed quite a long distance by a skunk. Adults will often be much more accurate than a younger skunk.
Catching And Removing A Skunk
Trying to catch a skunk can often be quite challenging, especially for those people who have pets, because the bait that will be attractive to a skunk will also be likely to attract cats and dogs. The best bait for skunks will be a meaty cat food, but this can be out of the question because of the likelihood that it will attract a pet cat or dog that is allowed to roam outdoors. One food which is known to be quite good bait is marshmallow and this is also much less likely to attract a pet that would find themselves caught in the trap.
The majority of traps that are suitable to catch a skunk will be a live trap that will keep the skunk in a cage until they can be relocated. There are a number of different techniques that people will use to ensure that they arenít sprayed when they are transporting the skunk. Some people will put a cover over the cage trap before they even catch the skunk, while others will approach the trap with a wet towel and try to stay out of the eye line of the skunk, before using the towel to cover the trap. Once this has been done, the trap should be placed in the bed of a truck, or if there is no other option in a car, and then transported at least five miles away before it is released.
What To Do Afterwards
Dealing with the aftermath of having a skunk in the area can be just as bad as the trapping and removal of the animal. If you know where the skunk had burrowed, it is best to close this up to prevent other skunks from moving into the area. For those who want to keep skunks off their land, using a deep fence that goes under the ground can be a wise move, as skunks can often dig their way under a shallow fence.
If there are any towels or other cloths or fabrics that have been sprayed by the skunk, then of course it is important to wash the item. If any animals have been sprayed then washing with a solution of baking soda, soap and diluted hydrogen peroxide will often be the best way to remove the smell. Because of the ingredients, if there are any pets that arenít likely to respond well to washing using a more traditional shampoo over a period of time can also work.
Skunks are not always a negative influence in an area, as they do eat a lot of smaller pests and will generally avoid any sort of contact with humans. They will scavenge from garbage cans and other food sources, so keeping these locked tight will certainly help to keep them away.
The odor that is produced is certainly the main problem, and any pets that have been sprayed will often return home afterwards and can rub the smell throughout the home if you are not careful. Many people can trap a skunk themselves, but hiring a professional is suitable for those who arenít confident enough to do it themselves.
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