Skunks are well-known for their odor. When threatened, or even during mating season or other seemingly random times, they can discharge a fluid from ducts near the anus, and spray up to 15 feet. This fluid can burn the eyes of any threat, and of course the odor is unpleasant to nearly all animals – humans included! It’s easy to recognize skunks, as nature has endowed them will distinctive black and white fur, which warns “stay back!”. Like many other mammals, skunks are animals that can be prone to disease, and in many situations these conditions can be passed between skunks, or transmitted to people or other animals. Because skunks are a natural pest, it is important to treat them with respect and not allow yourself to get too close, even if you are trying to help, as it is easy to catch a harmful disease from the animals. However, if skunks are causing a problem for you, by taking the right precautions it is possible to deal with them safely without putting yourself or your family and pets at risk.
How Do Skunks Transmit Disease?
Skunks can transmit diseases in several different ways, which is why it is important to be cautious if you are trying to deal with a pest animal problem. If encountered, most skunks will flee rather than face a confrontation with people, but if they do feel there is no other option but to attack, then their bites and scratches can cause diseases to be transmitted.
Skunk problems in Southern Ontario
- Living underneath concrete slabs, such as sheds, decks, front stoops and crawlspaces
- Falling into window wells and unable to get out
- Spraying people and pets up to 15 feet away, burning the eyes and potentially causing temporary blindness
- Carrying fleas, ticks, rabies and a general distemper
- Leaving holes all over lawns and golf courses while digging for grubs, especially in mid-summer to late fall
- Lacking natural predators, which can create overpopulation
The Dangers Of Dealing With Skunk Feces
Because there are dangerous conditions such as leptospirosis that can be transmitted through skunk feces, you should always take the appropriate precautions before entering a confined area where skunks have been, or disturbing a skunk’s nest. Because the animals do create a significant amount of droppings, and some diseases can become airborne, it is important to wear a pair of goggles and breathing apparatus, to filter out any harmful spores. It is also important to dispose of the feces appropriately, as even if it is buried dogs and other animals can dig it up. Ensure that the feces is placed in a sealed container or garbage bag, and that it is either put out with the garbage or incinerated.
Why you need Wildlife Control
- Beyond the smell, getting sprayed burns the eyes and can cause temporary blindness
- Getting bitten can give you rabies
- There are no effective skunk repellents
If you would like advice on choosing the correct solution for your Skunk problem, please call us at City Wildlife Control 905-963-0069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org