Skunks

Identification

  • Colour Black and white
  • Size From 50 cm to 80 cm
  • Description Stout, small animals with stumpy legs. They have small heads, short, pointed snouts, and small black eyes. Their most distinctive feature is the white stripes that run along their backs and extend to the tips of their long, fluffy tails.

General Facts

Why do I have skunks?

In the wild, skunks live in farm fields, grasslands, forests. They are proficient diggers, but they prefer to use the abandoned burrows of other animals instead of creating their own. In urban settings, they have adapted to living near humans and raid trash cans, gardens, outdoor pet food, and compost piles for food. Skunks eat almost anything. In the wild, their diets include rodents, eggs, insects, worms, and plants. City-dwelling skunks feed on trash, fruits and vegetables from home gardens, grubs found in residential lawns, and small animals like mice and squirrels.

How worried should I be about skunks?

When threatened or surprised, skunks release a foul smelling spray so powerful it can cause skin irritation and blindness. The oily musk is notoriously hard to remove and the stench of the spray is potent for several days. Skunks can also eat garden fruit and vegetables, scatter trash everywhere, dig up lawns in search of worms, and transmit the rabies virus. To have a skunk removed from your property safely and humanely, you need a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent skunks invading?

Look out for conical holes in the soil, Check for piles of dirt pushed out, Keep all trash cans secure, Remove bird feeders and pet food, Install fences buried into the ground, Secure gaps under decks and porches

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