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We know how invasive skunks can be. Skunks can rapidly reproduce and often prey on native wildlife. Skunks compete with native species for resources and can spread disease through parasites or other pathogens they may carry. Skunks also release a musk-like odor that can disrupt ecosystems and cause damage to plants and crops.
Skunks are not only smelly and disruptive but can also be very destructive and invasive. These animals can dig up yards and tear apart gardens looking for grubs or insects to eat. Skunks may also knock over garbage cans in search of food, resulting in a mess for the homeowner to clean up. The damage done by skunks is often more than just a nuisance; it can result in expensive repairs. Additionally, skunks are highly effective carriers of disease.
Their burrowing habits lead them to contact wildlife that carries many parasites, viruses, and bacteria. If a skunk comes into contact with these germs, it could spread them throughout your neighborhood, exposing people and animals to potential health risks. Skunks also carry fleas and ticks, which can spread throughout farms, resulting in an infestation that is difficult to control.
One of the most effective ways to keep skunks away from your home is to ensure you don’t provide any food or shelter for them. Ensure all trash cans are securely sealed and locked, as skunks may be attracted to the smell of food scraps. Keep pet food stored indoors in an inaccessible area and ensure no bird feeders around that could draw small animals, such as rodents, which can then attract skunks. Additionally, ensure all exterior doors and windows are closed tightly so that skunks cannot enter your home through these openings. Install fencing at least three feet high around your yard for extra protection, and ensure it extends at least one foot below ground level.
Overall, skunks may seem harmless at first glance, but they can cause severe financial and medical damage if given the opportunity. Keeping these animals away from your property is essential to protect yourself and your neighbors from their destructive behavior. Please fill out our contact form and receive a free consultation for skunk removal.