Delaware Skunk Control
Skunks are one of the most feared pests in America. If a skunk releases its foul odor close to your home or business, it is going to cause a major problem. Learn about skunk behaviors, how to keep the animals away, and what to do if a skunk is living on your property.
What Are Skunks?
Skunks are small and furry mammals. A skunk’s powerful odor is its best line of defense. Skunks dwell in forests and grasslands. They build nests under rocks, in hollow logs, beneath houses, and in abandoned buildings, explain the DE wildlife control experts at Viking.
How to Identify Skunks
Viking’s certified entomologist states, skunks are typically the same size as a house cat, growing up to 19 inches long and weighing between seven and 14 pounds. They have black bodies with white stripes, spots, and swirls. If you spot a skunk, do not disturb it. Skunks are not aggressive and will only spray if they feel threatened. Before spraying, a skunk will stand on its front legs and aim its tail at its attacker.
What Problems Can Skunks Cause for Delaware Home and Business Owners?
A skunk’s potent smell creates problems for property owners. Skunks release an oily substance from scent glands beneath their tails. The substance extends up to 10 feet away. While the smell is harmless, it can linger for 14 to 21 days (about 3 weeks), explain the wildlife control experts at Viking. If a skunk burrows near your Delaware home or business, its odor can be difficult to withstand. And while humans know to avoid skunks, pets do not.
Although it is rare, skunks may occasionally attack humans. Their bites are not venomous, but a skunk can transmit rabies.
When Are Skunks Active in Delaware?
While skunks do not hibernate, they are dormant during winter. Instead of looking for food, they rely on fat stores to keep them alive. Skunks are commonly spotted in the spring, summer, and fall in Delaware, explain our wildlife control experts. They are nocturnal, so most encounters occur in the early evening or night. During the day, skunks sleep in their dens.
How to Get Rid of Skunks in Delaware
The most effective way to control skunks is to prevent them from building a den on your property. Wildlife control experts in Delaware recommend residents be proactive to prevent a skunk encounter. Do not leave pet food outside. Remove places for a skunk den, such as woodpiles, large rocks, and brush piles. Install a fence around your garden, and make sure the barrier extends six feet below the ground.
If you have a skunk living on your Delaware property, contact a pest management professional. The trained experts at Viking Pest are knowledgeable in tracking and eliminating skunks. Our team knows how to identify skunk burrows and keep the pests from returning to your property. If you are looking for humane options for stopping skunks from taking over your Delaware property, the wildlife control specialists at Viking Pest can help.
Viking Pest Can Help Control and Prevent Skunks in Delaware
Viking Pest is Delaware’s leading pest control team. We use effective and humane Integrated Pest Management tactics to stop skunks from invading your property. Call Viking to receive your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!