Skunks – Did you know?

Pepe Le Pew’s misguided amorous animated misadventures make skunks seem comical. But when your dog or children get sprayed, you won’t be laughing.  Skunks can be found across the United States.

Here are a few facts about “polecats:”

  • A skunk’s spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail.
  • Skunks have poor to fair senses of hearing and smelling. They also tend to be somewhat clumsy runners due to stocky front legs.
  •  Skunks can be carriers of rabies if they eat or are bitten by an infected animal. Skunk spray does not carry rabies.
  • Skunks are not all bad; they like to eat the garden bugs and slugs that damage crops.
  • Skunks can grow anywhere between 16-in. and 27-in. in length and generally weigh from 1-6Ibs.
  • Skunks can spray up to 13-23 ft. in a favorable wind-although they are usually only accurate for up to about 6.5 ft.

Skunk Control and Safety
Skunks should not be confronted by an untrained property owner. Skunk spray is very difficult to remove, and can cause temporary blindness if it gets in the eyes. Skunks also are capable of causing significant wounds by biting or scratching and are known to carry rabies. They generally give some type of warning before spraying, usually by stomping their front feet.

Skunk Damage Skunks can cause considerable damage as they gain entry and inhabit homes or businesses. They can leave behind feces and urine, plus stubborn scents and stains if they spray their scent. Critter Control’s specialists can help with skunk damage repair and prevention

Upon skunk removal, a Critter Control skunk expert will assess any damage to your home and identify other potential skunk entry points.

Skunk removal and professional skunk prevention services should be contacted as soon as a skunk issue is identified. Call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837)

Skunks and a Recipe for that Smell!!

On the drive in this morning to Critter Control, Inc is it the smell of a spring to be?  Wasn’t seeing any of them, but they are out there.  I picked up on the smell right away.

Did you know when they spray they can spray between 10 and 15 feet?  If you come close to a skunk pay attention to their feet, skunks will give a pre-spray warning of stomping before they spray.

With the spring season approaching us soon, wildlife families are looking for a place to have their young.  Skunks are out there.  Seem to be everywhere. They will be digging up your lawns.  They have their dens under your home or porch.

Smelling that aroma when they are taking their walking thru your yard?  Don’t let the nuisance take hold of your home or business.  Critter Control skunk removal can help to prevent skunks from building dens under your property. We have the necessary tools to seal off entry holes, including hardware-clothe and electric fences.

For those who are caught in the spray, here is a solution for those odors.  Apply the mixture directly to the sprayed area.  TEST the spray on a small area first.  DO NOT store the mixture is plastic bottles.

  • 1-quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Liquid Soap
  • Wash while it is bubbling…rinse off with tap water.

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Skunks!

Our own Mike Rossi, owner of Critter Control of Greater Nashville was sprayed by a skunk recently.  He had set out live traps for his customer and Mike was approaching a trapped skunk and ended up getting sprayed.  Don’t let yourself be on the wrong end of a skunk.

Skunks are not true hibernators in the winter, but do den up for extended periods of time.  However, they remain generally inactive and feed rarely, going through a dormant stage. Over winter, multiple females (as many as 12) huddle together; males often den alone. Often, the same winter den is repeatedly used.

If you come across a skunk, pay attention to the pre-spraying warning signs when they stomp their feet. It’s best to move as far away as possible from the scampering creatures because skunks can accurately spray between 10 to 15 feet.

You will most likely find skunks under houses, decks, sheds, cabins and storage buildings. They normally become more active in the area in the spring when they focus on breeding and the summer when they look for food.

Skunks are important when it comes to pest, insect and rodent control. They often eat mice, beetles, crickets, wasps, bees and other creatures. Although they play a critical role in controlling insects especially, skunks do not need to live around the house. They will create shelter and find food by burrowing.

Around the area, skunks will look for food and shelter around the house. Skunks normally follow a diet of rodents, insects and wild fruit, but may change their diet to include garden crops, garbage and lawn insects. If you do not seek skunk removal, they may make a permanent residence around the house.

Many homeowners in the area, try to remove skunks on their own, but this can often cause skunks to spray pets and family members and quickly move to find shelter in another area around the house. Getting rid of the skunk smell can be tedious and time consuming, so it’s best to leave a skunk alone until a skunk removal expert can recommend the best skunk removal method for your particular situation.

Even with this extreme weather that a lot of the nation is experiencing, wildlife is out and about.  Critter Control is here to assist with nuisance wildlife control.  1-800-CRITTER

Do You Need Skunk Control Services?

Why is Skunk Control Important?

When a skunk gets into your home, they can cause structural damage to the home, not to mention your insulation and ventilation. You should also consider skunk control services if you fear a nearby skunk may cause odor problems for you or your pets. If you suspect this has happened to you, call Critter Control today for skunk control services. We have been controlling skunks and the damage they cause since 1983 and know how to control skunks in the most effective way possible.

Do You Need Skunk Control Services?

The idea of controlling skunks seems an unpleasant one to most people. The thought of
getting sprayed
alone is enough to call a skunk professional for skunk control services. The truth is that it takes an expert with years of experience who knows how to control skunks to limit the amount of skunk damage these animals can do. Controlling skunk problems is something we at Critter Control pride ourselves on.

How Are Skunks Controlled?

Critter Control implements the most effective and safest methods of skunk control when working to get rid of skunks around homes. Trapping has proven to be the best skunk control solution. Our professionals also recommend cleaning up areas of the property, like woodpiles and food sources, to help keep the skunks away and to prevent future skunk control problems.

Homeowners typically see skunks at night when they are searching for food. If you notice a skunk near your home at night, pay close attention to the skunk’s behavior and try to identify where the skunk is living. A Critter Control professional can help control your skunk problems.

For the prevention of skunks living around or under your home, contact Critter Control in your area. 1-800-CRITTER

What To Do Before Our Skunk Specialist Arrives

Skunks should not be confronted by an untrained property owner. Skunk spray is very difficult to remove, and can cause temporary blindness if it gets in the eyes. Skunks also are capable of causing significant wounds by biting or scratching and are known to carry rabies. They generally give some type of warning before spraying, usually by stomping
their front feet.

Skunk removal and professional skunk prevention services should be contacted as soon as a skunk issue is identified. Call 1-800-CRITTER.

Critter Control technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your skunk problem. Critter Control offices practice humane skunk removal techniques, that ensure the safe capture and release (where transportation and release is allowed by state law) of your skunk issue. Our Critter Control skunk removal professionals are trained in skunk removal, skunk trapping, skunk control and in how to identify skunks and skunk problems and prevent future skunk damage.

Skunks can cause considerable damage as they gain entry and inhabit homes or businesses. They can leave behind feces and urine, plus stubborn scents and stains if they spray their scent. Critter Control’s specialists can help with skunk damage repair and prevention.

Upon skunk removal, a Critter Control skunk expert will assess any damage to your home and identify other potential skunk entry points.

Unusual Jobs: Curtis Buyser’s Has Lots of Catches

When Curtis Buyser – Critter Control of Spokane, WA –  tells someone what he does for a living, he also knows what that person’s first question is likely to be.

“They always ask how many times I’ve been sprayed,” Buyser said.

Buyser runs the wildlife control company Critter Control in Spokane, and one of things he does is trap skunks.

“I’ve actually never been sprayed,” he said, laughing. “It got very close one time. The skunk sprayed right next to my feet – it may as well have hit me, I guess.”

Buyser, who worked in law enforcement in California and as a game warden in Georgia, moved to Spokane with his family eight years ago and bought the Critter Control franchise covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

People hire him to trap and get rid of problem critters, mostly raccoons, skunks, marmots and bats.

“In Washington you really don’t encounter anything that exotic or weird,” Buyser said.

He did get called out to a retailer because a customer had lost track of a pet snake. The snake was located near a warm computer and nobody was hurt. Another time he was called to get a coyote out of a hay bin. Buyser couldn’t see the animal hiding in the hay and so he had no choice but to poke around with the long catching pole that’s used for dogs.

“The owner of the farm said it had been in there for a few days; no one knew why,” Buyser said. “After some poking around the thing came flying out and latched on to the pole – you never really know what’s going to happen in a situation like that.”

A typical day starts with Buyser visiting the traps he has already set. Traps are checked by him once every 24 hours, and much more frequently by the property owners who’ve hired him.

The first client on a recent day was a South Hill homeowner who is worried skunks are living under a deck and may become trapped there when the deck is finished.

Buyser left a wildlife camera in that backyard earlier in the week, and it holds nothing but pictures of the owner’s cats, sniffing the lens, and the owner’s feet. That’s good news for the homeowner and the skunks.

“Male skunks are transients with multiple dens throughout the area,” Buyser said while looking at the pictures in the camera. “Female skunks tend to keep their litter in one place.”

Aside from the stinky spray they let loose in self-defense, skunks rarely do as much property damage as raccoons or mice and rats.

“They have very poor eyesight and they aren’t great climbers. That’s why they often get trapped in window wells,” Buyser said.

Skunks can spray many times in a row and, despite their poor eyesight, they have excellent aim.

“The skunk can be facing you and still twist around and spray you,” Buyser said, adding that skunks stomp their front feet before they spray. “That’s his way of saying: ‘If you are stupid enough to stand around, I’ll spray you.’”

Young skunks are notoriously quick on the trigger and tend to “go off” more frequently.

“I guess it takes some time before they know how to handle that sprayer,” Buyser said.

Next on the itinerary is a sports complex with a marmot problem.

The marmots don’t burrow under the turf, as one might suspect, but they like to hang out in the bleachers and leave some hefty piles of poop behind.

Among the solutions attempted was Buyser running around with a net trying to catch the offending marmots, which he said are “surprisingly fast.” With no other solutions left, traps were put out.

“Now we have it pretty much under control,” Buyser said, while picking up a trap with a marmot.

People are sometimes surprised to learn that the animals Buyser trapped are euthanized.

Actually, he was surprised when he found out.

“I’d researched everything about this business before buying the franchise, but somehow I had not researched that aspect,” Buyser said. “I had nightmares there for a while, but the animals are euthanized quickly and with as little suffering as possible.”

Relocation is not an option because, according to Washington State law, a trapped animal may only be released exactly where it was trapped.

“You can’t just drive it out in the countryside and drop it off,” Buyser said.

Yet live traps are for sale at many hardware stores and Buyser gets his share of frantic calls from homeowners who’ve trapped a skunk – and now they have no idea what to do.

“I spend a long time getting close to the trap and the skunk,” he said, “while the homeowner watches from the living room windows.”

Next on that day’s list of clients is a homeowner in Spokane Valley who said an unidentified brownish animal is burrowing under the front steps.

Buyser is pretty sure it’s another marmot and he talks to the homeowner for a bit before setting a trap with some fruit in it.

From the Valley, he hits the freeway toward Cheney where the roof on a rental home has been damaged by raccoons.

A tall pine tree leaning against the house gave the raccoons an easy way up on the roof. There, they have pried siding and shingles off in several places to get into the attic where the stench alone indicates they’ve lived for quite some time.

On this day, however, the traps are empty so it’s safe to assume the raccoons are gone.

“People don’t realize how strong raccoons are and how much damage they can do,” Buyser said, while packing up in Cheney.

He added that people shouldn’t feed raccoons no matter how cute they look because they are both very strong and can turn quite aggressive.

“The biggest mistake people make is feeding the wild animals,” Buyser said. “When people humanize wild animals, then that’s rarely a good thing for the people or the animals.”

He realizes some may have strong reactions to what he does for a living, but said he wouldn’t trade his job for anything.

“I meet some fantastic people and I enjoy running my own business,” Buyser said.

Credits: By Pia Hallenberg – The Spokesman-Review

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Ensure the Safety of You, Your Family and Pets

Proper animal control is extremely important because it ensures the safety of you, family members and pets and saves money in the long run. Many animals carry diseases and sick animals can be very dangerous to children and small pets. Trained animal control professionals from Critter Control can help assess a situation, identify the animals and behaviors and follow proper animal control regulations in order to resolve a pesky problem.

A large part of animal control is preventing future problems with squirrels in the basement and attic, birds in the soffit, chipmunks chewing wires, snakes sliding through small entrances and other unwanted guests. Critter Control animal control experts will be able to identify potential problems and help secure your home.
Contact Critter Control today for expert advice on non-domestic animal control.

What is the Skunk Damage Done to Homes?

Skunks are notorious for tearing foundation vent screens to access crawl spaces. They will also dig under vents or access panels to get under homes. If you find tearing or holes near vent screens, Critter Control can help. We specialize in skunk repair services and can assist in preventing skunks from causing this kind of damage to your home. Skunks can also be a nuisance for home gardens so it is important to keep your garden fenced in so skunks cannot access the plants.

Eight Skunks Caught

Over this past weekend, eight skunks have been caught by the Critter Control of Elkhart/South Bend office.  Even when I left my garage thisCritter Control nuisance wildlife removal morning in northern lower Michigan, I smelled that aroma of skunk.  In case this solution is needed:

Skunk Problem—Odor Solution:

  • 1-quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/4 cup of Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Liquid Soap
  • Wash while it is bubbling…rinse off with tap water.

Call 1-800-CRITTER for your local Critter Control office for help with all nuisance wildlife problems.

The Smell of Fall – Skunks!

With the fall season among us, wildlife families are looking for a place to live for the winter.  Skunks are out there.  Seem to be everywhere. They are digging up your lawns.  They are making their dens under your home or porch? Smelling that aroma when they are taking their walking thru your yard?  Don’t let the nuisance take hold of your home or business.  Critter Control skunk removal can help to prevent skunks from building dens under your property. We have the necessary tools to seal off entry holes, including hardware-clothe and electric fences.  Call 1-800-CRITTER for your local office.