There are four species of skunks found in North America, all of which feature the distinctive black and white stripes and spots. Adaptable in nature, skunks are nocturnal and can cause diseases such as rabies. Best known for a pungent spray used in self-defense, skunk sprays can cause intense discomfort if it gets into the eyes of humans or animals. These creatures seldom use this strong defense mechanism and offer few benefits to the areas they live in. The nuisance they create cannot be overlooked.
With the help of wildlife control services, you don’t need to tolerate the foul smell of skunks if they share your homes or yards. Here are some tips for skunk control and prevention:
Identify that a Skunk Is on Your Property
As natural burrowers, skunks can damage the foundation of homes by constructing burrows underneath. These holes around your property can show their presence. Additionally, their distinctive musk smell is an indication that they are around.
Eliminate Food Sources
Skunks are scavengers looking for food and shelter. To keep them away from your property, the easiest step is to stop feeding them. For example, keep trashcans secured with lids. A low mesh fence can also keep these critters away from crops, fruits, and berries in your yard. Feeding pets indoors can also make a difference.
Install Bright Lights
Adding spotlights to your yard is a strong skunk deterrent. The drawback: these lights could irritate neighbors and surge electricity bills, hence it may not be a feasible solution.
Use Automated Sprinklers
Skunks are timid and scared of almost every movement, so automatic sprinklers can repel these nocturnal creatures. However, installing automated sprinklers can be a costly deal.
Even after taking precautionary measures and performing DIY techniques, skunks may still hang around in your space. In these situations, eviction is the most suitable solution. Signing up for expert wildlife control with Accurate Pest Control can guarantee safe removal of the pest and keep them away forever.