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Skunks leave an unmistakable stench nearly everywhere they go. With their distinctive stripe and pungent odor, skunks can be detected from far away. A group of skunks can tear up gardens and lawns in their search for food such as fruit, grubs, and insects. Don’t let their overwhelming smell and destruction invade your property. Instead, call Creature Control – our wildlife technicians will safely and humanely rehome skunks so you can live stink-free.

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Skunk Diseases and Other Issues

Skunks are omnivores and will scavenge for anything from berries and insects to garbage. While foraging, skunks can inadvertently ruin lawns, flower beds, bird feeders, trash bin areas, and more. Distemper, rabies, and sarcoptic mange are contagious diseases carried by skunks and can be transferred to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals. Skunks are commonly submissive and timid critters, using their spray as their primary defense before scurrying away.

Skunk Interactions

Skunks are skittish and easily startled by humans, especially if they react frantically or loudly when encountered. Threatened skunks stomp around and make a noise similar to a sigh before spraying. As they lift their tails toward you and turn around, quickly run away. Skunk sprays are targeted – their range is between 10 and 12 feet, but wind can further carry their stench. Pets are common victims of skunk sprays, which can be a massive disturbance to owners. Sometimes, a trip to the vet is warranted if pets are sprayed directly in their eyes. If skunks decide to spray underneath structures (basements, porches, decks, etc.), the stench can saturate everything within sight and eventually permeate the house.

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Odorless Skunk Trapping

At Creature Control, our technicians humanely trap the skunk and restrict its ability to spray. We thoroughly assess properties and identify common areas of travel (called “runs” or “slicks”) to locate skunk dens. Once identified, traps are placed near feeding areas or where exposed food is present such as bird feeders or gardens. Trapped skunks are relocated, as they are typically known to stay within 600 to 800 yards from their den. All animals caught by Creature Control are moved a minimum of 15 miles away, as many animals can find their way back to their dens up to a couple of miles.

Removing Skunk Scent

Skunk spray is composed of an oil-based pheromone combined with sulfur-based chemicals, produced from the musk glands on either side of the skunk’s anus. The trouble with that distinctive, musky smell is that it is challenging to remove. Improper attempts might spread the oils around instead of removing them. Creature Control does not recommend using tomato juice to treat sprayed pets. Instead, try our homemade remedy used with everyday household items:

  • 1 liter (or quart) white vinegar (or 3% hydrogen peroxide, which may cause bleaching)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon dish detergent

Use this solution on fabric or animals and bleach to remove smells on outdoor surfaces like foundations, decks, or bricks. Veterinarians might have advice on specific shampoos for pets.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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