I HAVE SKUNKS

Q. How do I know if I have a skunk living on my property?
A. If skunks are living on the property you will notice a hole dug out from somewhere, under a shed, deck, porch, in ground pool patio, etc. the hole you will find would be four to six inches in diameter.

Q. How can I stop skunks from living under my pool and deck?
A. The only way to keep skunks from living on the property is by removing the skunks from where they are living and installing an exclusion barrier to keep skunks from getting back under the pool or deck.
Q. How far can skunks spray?
A. Skunks can spray and hit their target at up too fifteen feet away.

Q. How many skunks could I have under my deck?
A. On average four to six skunks is very common. If you have a mother with babies you could have up too twelve to fifteen. Skunks can have large litters.

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About Skunks

 

Physical Features:  Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 in (40 to 94 cm) and in weight from about 1.1 lb (0.50 kg) (spotted skunks) to 18 lb (8.2 kg) (hog-nosed skunks). They have moderately elongated bodies with relatively short, well-muscled legs and long front claws for digging.  Although the most common fur color is black and white, some skunks are brown or grey and a few are cream-colored. All skunks are striped, even from birth. They may have a single thick stripe across back and tail, two thinner stripes, or a series of white spots and broken stripes (in the case of the spotted skunk). Some also have stripes on their legs.skunks,no matter what, always have at least one strip or spot (spotted skunk).
Diet:  Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material and changing their diets as the seasons change. They eat insects and larvae, earthworms, grubs, small rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles and eggs. They also commonly eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi and nuts.In settled areas, skunks also seek garbage left by humans.  Less often, skunks may be found acting as scavengers, eating  bird and rodent carcasses left by cats or other animals.  Pet owners, particularly those of cats, may experience a skunk finding its way into a garage or basement where pet food is kept. Skunks commonly dig holes in lawns in search of grubs and worms.  Skunks are one of the primary predators of the honeybee, relying on their thick fur to protect them from stings. The skunk scratches at the front of the beehive and eats the guard bees that come out to investigate. Mother skunks are known to teach this behavior to their young.
Breeding and Social Structure: Skunks mate in early spring and are polygynous, meaning that successful males mate with more than one female. Before giving birth (usually in May), the female excavates a den to house her litter of four to seven kits. They are placental, with a gestation period of about 66 days. When born, skunk kits are blind, deaf, and covered in a soft layer of fur. About three weeks after birth, their eyes open. The kits are weaned about two months after birth, but generally stay with their mother until they are ready to mate, at about one year of age. The mother is protective of her kits, spraying at any sign of danger. The male plays no part in raising the young.