The striped skunk is known for its distinctive white stripe markings on its back extending from head to tail. Fully grown skunks weigh an average of 5 kg.
Habits & Behaviours
The striped skunk can be found throughoutOntario and although they are not true hibernators, they can be dormant for extended periods of time during the winter months. Because of the terribly offensive odour they secrete, skunks are one of the most challenging nuisance animals to exclude.
Although they mainly live in the wild, skunks have adapted very well in urban areas. They are continually seeking food and shelter and can become extremely invading, annoying, and troublesome. Skunks are classified as a pest species mainly because of their foul, strong smelling oil based spray and their destructive burrowing nature. Since skunks are nocturnal animals and it can be difficult to identify them on your property.
Skunks can spray 6 to 10 meters with great accuracy and have great confidence in defending themselves against threats. Before a skunk attacks, it will quickly warn potential threats by stamping its front feet, clicking its teeth, hissing, and lifting its tail in the direction it intends to spray.
Complaints & Destruction
Skunks are ground dwellers and are not very good climbers. They will burrow their dens under our dwellings, sheds, decks, and porches within our residential, recreational/cottage, and commercial properties. They will chew and burrow through wood and siding to gain access.
Skunks will frequently rummage through garbage and dig into lawns and gardens for food. They can also pose a threat to our domestic animals.
Major Risks & Dangers
Serious structural damages
Skunks will chew and burrow through wood and siding which can result in costly and dangerous structural damage.
Skunks are carriers of three common wildlife diseases; rabies, distemper and mange. Cases of rabies in skunks exceed those cases in raccoons and foxes. Their sulphurous spray is not only offensive to the nose, but can cause temporary blindness and it is extremely difficult to remove the smell from clothing, ventilation systems and our domestic animals.
A number of parasites, such as ticks and fleas can infect skunks. Displaced parasites will often look for new hosts and can infest humans or domestic animals. Dead and decomposing skunks can attract insects and cause putrid odours that can last for months.
Skunks normally mate from February to March. The average gestation period is 60 days and litters range from 3 to as many as 10 young. The young are usually weaned at about two months and then begin to follow their mom as she forages.
Skunks are omnivores and will eat almost any food item, plant or animal.
To reduce the risk of skunks destroying your residential, cottage/recreational, or commercial properties, exclusion is the best prevention.
Greenshield Pest Control Inc. can provide you with many exclusion solutions.
For obvious reasons, attempting to trap a skunk yourself is NEVER a good idea. If you suspect that a skunk or a family of skunks may be dwelling on your residential, recreational/cottage, or commercial property, it is best to let the professionals safely and humanely remove the animal(s). Please contact us today or see our Wildlife Control Services section for further information on the types of services and solutions we can provide.
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