Do Skunks Climb?

Last Updated: September 22, 2018

Home / The Orkin Blog / Do Skunks Climb?

Are Skunks Good At Climbing?

Despite its curious nature, the striped skunk isn’t very good at climbing. Therefore, unlike squirrels and raccoons, they cannot easily infiltrate attics and chimneys. Instead, their stocky bodies are built for digging and catching bugs with tails that are ill equipped for balancing and climbing. Short, strong legs and tough claws help striped skunks scrape though dirt in search of food like grubs, earthworms, and insects. These burrowing animals inhabit clearings, pastures, fields, and other areas where the ability to climb isn’t particularly useful.

Spotted skunks, on the other hand, are smaller, lighter, and more agile than their striped cousins. Their claws have adapted to provide enhanced climbing abilities, which make them more likely to den in attics and chimneys. Spotted skunks climb up trees to eat honey from beehives and scurry up straw bales in search of rodents. Homeowners often despise their presence, as these climbing skunks can get into garbage cans just as easily as raccoons or squirrels.

Skunk Nuisance Behaviours

Striped skunks have adapted to the presence of humans and build dens under porches, sheds, and wood piles. They love to harass chickens and consider eggs a delicacy. Their inability to climb is offset by the ability to dig up to a foot underground, which is used to burrow under barricades and penetrate fences. This can be a major problem for farmers and homeowners, as the bites of infected skunks may transmit rabies to both livestock and humans. Call Orkin Canada for professional assistance in dealing with problematic skunks climbing or burrowing around your yard or home.

Find your local branch

National coverage, local expertise. With over 30 branches across Canada, your neighbourhood Orkin Pros have an in-depth knowledge of the pest pressures in your local area. View all branches here or select your closest city from the menu below.

You may also like

Top 6 Pests Expected To Trend In The Winter Of 2022

With winter weather around the corner, Canadians will start heading indoors to escape the cold. Just like humans, pests also look to seek refuge indoors as resources, such as food and water, become harder to find outside when the weather gets colder. In order to prevent a potential pest infestation from occurring on your property throughout the winter, we have put together a comprehensive list of the top 6 pests expected to trend in the winter of 2022. This list will provide an in-depth look at the impact that pests will have on your home or business, along with also providing easy to use preventative tips.

When Do Squirrels Have Babies?

Grey squirrels have two breeding periods per year, one in mid-summer and another in early spring.

What Diseases Can Squirrels Transmit To Humans?

Squirrels are known to carry numerous diseases, though only a few are dangerous to humans.

Are Rabbit Droppings Harmful To Humans?

Rabbits produce two different types of solid waste, but only one is commonly seen outside of a nest.

Remove pests from your home, and stop them from coming back

We work hard to listen, understand and assess your unique situation. Request a free, no-obligation estimate today for a customized pest program that fits your needs.

Request a Free Home Estimate
Request a Free Business Consultation