Skunks are infamous for their pungent odor and their ability to spray it when threatened. While they may not be the most welcome guests on your property, they are attracted to certain things that may be present in your yard. Understanding what attracts skunks to your property can help you take steps to reduce their presence and prevent them from becoming a problem.
Skunks are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals. They are known to feed on insects, rodents, fruits, and vegetables. If you have a garden or fruit trees on your property, skunks may be attracted to them. They may also be attracted to pet food left outside or garbage cans that are not properly secured. To reduce the likelihood of skunks being attracted to your property for food, make sure you pick up fallen fruit and vegetables, store pet food indoors, and secure garbage cans with lids.
Skunks like to den in warm, dark, and secluded places. They may be attracted to piles of brush or leaves, hollow logs, or spaces under decks or sheds. To reduce the likelihood of skunks finding a home on your property, keep brush and leaf piles to a minimum, seal off any potential den sites under decks or sheds, and trim back any vegetation that may provide cover.
Skunks, like most animals, require water to survive. They may be attracted to sources of standing water on your property, such as bird baths or puddles. To reduce the likelihood of skunks being attracted to your property for water, make sure you don't leave standing water out for extended periods, and if you have a bird bath, change the water frequently.
Skunks are nocturnal animals and are more active at night. They may be attracted to areas with bright lights, as they may make it easier for them to see potential food sources. To reduce the likelihood of skunks being attracted to your property for lighting, use low-wattage bulbs or motion-activated lights.
Presence of other animals
Skunks may be attracted to your property if there are other animals present that they can prey upon or scavenge from. For example, if you have a bird feeder, skunks may be attracted to the seeds that fall to the ground. To reduce the likelihood of skunks being attracted to your property for other animals, clean up any spilled birdseed and bring in pet food dishes at night.
Can You Remove Skunks Yourself?
Skunks are attracted to a variety of things that may be present on your property. By understanding what these things are, you can take steps to reduce their presence and prevent them from becoming a problem. However, if you do encounter a skunk on your property, it is best to leave it alone and give it plenty of space, then call an expert to remove it.
Skunks, when threatened or cornered, have the ability to spray a pungent and long-lasting odor that can be extremely unpleasant and difficult to remove. Getting sprayed by a skunk can cause eye and skin irritation, nausea, and potential allergic reactions. Professionals are trained in handling skunks safely and have the necessary equipment and knowledge to minimize the risk of getting sprayed.
Also, in many jurisdictions, it is illegal to trap and relocate wildlife without the proper permits and licenses. Professional wildlife removal services like Critter Control of SW Missouri are well-versed in local regulations and have the necessary permits to handle skunks and other wildlife. By utilizing our services, you can ensure compliance with legal requirements and avoid potential legal issues.
Finally, Critter Control of SW Missouri not only removes skunks from your property but also provide valuable advice and recommendations to prevent future infestations. We can identify and address factors that may attract skunks, such as food sources, shelter, or entry points. By addressing these underlying issues, you can minimize the chances of skunks returning to your property.
The team at Critter Control of SW Missouri are experts in safe and humane skunk removal in the SW Missouri area. Give us a call today! 417.815.4476