Aanteater Pest Control and Wildlife Services Inc. maintain a sustainable integrated pest management approach when removing skunks.
Our goal is to provide the best long-term solution to your skunk problem in a way that is effective, safe for the animal, as well as cost efficient. Animal exclusion has shown to be the most efficient method of permanent skunk removal. All our technicians are licensed through the Ministry of Environment, and we have been in business for over 28 years, completing thousands of wildlife exclusions. We offer a free quote and a five-year warranty on all our workmanship.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What we do?
Frequently Asked Questions
Our technicians will install a one-way door on the animal’s entry point, thus allowing the skunk to leave, but preventing it from re-entering. This door is temporary, and has a trigger that alerts the technician when the skunk has left. In order to survive, a skunk must leave its den every night in search of food. This insures that the one-way door will remove the animal in less than 24 hours.
The technician will also advise you of other potential entry points, most notably the perimeter of the affected area (i.e. under a deck or shed). Skunks are excellent diggers, and to prevent them from digging a second entry, the technician will also dig a trench around the structure and attach steel wire mesh. This ensures that once the skunk is out through the door, there is no chance of re-entry. Once the skunk realizes it cannot re-enter, it will move on to one of its other den sites in the area.
Our best efforts are always made to prevent the skunk from being harmed and ensuring that another skunk will not replace it.
Trapping vs. Exclusion
Live trapping is seldom a practical option for several reasons. Once the skunk has been caught its den site is left empty. The scent of a vacant skunk den site is a powerful attractant to other animals looking for somewhere to live, and this method does not prevent raccoons or other skunks from moving in to replace the original occupant. Skunks will readily take over den sites constructed by other animals. Also, moving any wild animal to a new location increases the chance of rabies spreading amongst other wild animals. Live trapping may take weeks to lure in the skunk especially if the animal has been caught in a trap before. The device could trap a squirrel, a raccoon, the neighbour’s cat, or even another skunk living close by. Trapping is more costly as every time the trap is tripped or the bait has been compromised, it requires a visit to reset the trap and add more bait. This could go on for a very long time. As it is illegal to re-locate an animal more than 1 kilometer away from the point of capture, trapping is rendered ineffective without proper exclusion work on your home or business. Simply moving a skunk a kilometer away from your home will not prevent them from returning. Live traps can cause unnecessary stress to the animal and can even lead to its death. This method doesn’t provide a long-term solution to keeping skunks out of your home or business. Live trapping will prove to be very frustrating, time consuming, and expensive. Overall, exclusion provides the best results for the lowest cost. We warranty all our work and will do our best to protect your financial investment.
Tips for spotting a skunk problem
In the fall, skunks begin feeding extensively in order to build up fat reserves for winter hibernation. As they have become accustomed to humans, they have thrived in heavily populated urban areas. With the onset of cold weather, skunks seek out dens, becoming mostly inactive for the winter. Skunks are not very good climbers so the likelihood of a skunk getting into an attic is low. They gravitate towards areas that provide dark and secure hiding places such as under barns, sheds, decks and porches.
Skunks under a deck or shed can go un-noticed to the untrained eye for long periods of time. People are often unaware that they have a skunk living under a deck or shed until the skunk eventually sprays in the general area of the den site. However, there are some tell-tale signs that can determine if there is a skunk present. Look for holes approximately 4”-6” in diameter around the base of your deck or porch. Skunks will dig immediately in front of the base of a deck or porch. Hiring a professional is always your best course of action.
What do I do if I have a skunk problem?
If you suspect you have a skunk problem on your property please do not hesitate to call Toronto Pest Control and Wildlife Services at 1-888-390-PEST (7378).
One of our licensed and friendly technicians will be happy to inspect your property and give you a free quote. Hiring a professional is your best course of action, as they can ensure the job is done right the first time, and provide you with long-term results.
More about skunks
In North America there are four different species of skunks, the most common being the striped skunk. Skunks are omnivorous, nocturnal animals. Some common foods for skunks are insects, larvae, small mammals, roots, leaves and berries of plants, as well as human-produced garbage. Skunks are not picky eaters and they will eat almost anything they can find, digging up lawns and gardens in the process.
If you see a skunk, do not be alarmed. Skunks are naturally shy animals, and will avoid people and other creatures. As long as you keep your distance, a skunk won’t become agitated. However, they can become vicious when provoked or threatened.
A skunk’s reaction to fear is it’s famous quality: their smell. Skunks have two glands under their tail that spray a foul odour when they are injured, frightened or mating. First, it gives a warning when there is unwanted attention. It stiffens its legs, stamps the ground, and snaps its teeth. Then the skunk swings around, lifts its tail up out of the way and shoots a terrible-smelling yellow mist. The spray can go as far as four meters. Unfortunately, the smell is very difficult to get rid of once sprayed.
Physical characteristics of the striped skunk
Skunks have a moderate body length; fairly short, strong legs; large clawed paws and a long bushy tail. The different species of skunks may bold colouring: black and white. The most common pattern seen is that of striped skunks. They have two vertical white stripes going down the back, starting at the back of the head. Striped skunks are roughly the same size as a house cat. They can measure around 30 to 40 centimeters and weigh 15 to 18 pounds.
Skunks will live in clearings, pastures, or other open areas bordering forests and will find their dens in hollow logs or burrow one into the ground. However, as the human population grows closer and closer to wildlife, skunks have become more comfortable living in urban areas where food is easier to find among people’s garbage.
Being the adaptive animals they are, skunks will find many possible places for dens in and around your home. Because skunks like to burrow out their dens, there is a risk that they will damage the infrastructure of your deck or shed.
Generally solitary animals, skunks will become more social during the breeding season when several families may be living in a single den. The mating season is throughout late February and early March. Their young are born in late April to early May. At approximately six weeks, the kits are ready to venture out into the world as adults. A skunk’s life is fairly short; fewer than 10% live beyond three years. However, it is possible for them to live for up to ten years