Skunks prefer to stay on the ground, making their dens in hollowed out logs, tree trunks and brush piles, as well as man-made structures such as underneath concrete steps, garages, backyard sheds and if necessary they can even crawl within foundation openings. As long as there is consistent food and water a skunk will rarely leave the immediate vicinity of it’s den. Skunks on omnivores and will eat a wide variety of plants and animal matter. Skunks will generally only attack when it is cornered or defending it’s young, but spraying is not it’s first line of defense. A skunk will growl, spit, fluff its fur, shake it’s tail and stomps the ground before spraying. While this is the obvious threat of attack, skunks can also carry an array of diseases, viruses and parasites, such as rabies, canine hepatitis and canine distemper.
A helpful tool in the prevention of skunk infestation and infiltration is noticing the signs that skunks are in the area. Skunks are excellent diggers, looking for grubs and other insects underground. Small holes in your lawn are a good indication that a skunk has been searching for food. An excellent way of ensuring that no skunks are in the immediate vicinity of your home or business is to make sure any places a skunk may find its way into is properly sealed. Skunk repellents are also a helpful tool as skunks seek out food using their sense of smell. A powerful scent and taste deterrent will drive skunks away, applying to potential food sources such as garbage cans or possible dens such as underneath porches. Fencing is also a viable option as skunks are not skilled climbers. However, this fencing should be buried at least a foot below ground as skunks are skilled burrowers. Also placing mesh fencing around openings in foundations and garage/shed walls can minimize skunk intrusion.
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