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What Skunks are Capable of…Other than Smelling Terrible

Background on Skunks

Anyone who watched the Looney Toons is familiar with the French accented skunk Pepe’ Le Pew who persistently chased Penelope the cat. This depiction of a skunk is not too far off from the persistence of not only skunks but also the infamous odor that they can spray at threats with devastating accuracy. Though their stink is infamous, we at Frontier Wildlife Control have noticed that skunks are capable of damaging homes and foundations with equally devastating methods.

As Above, so Below

Skunks, like squirrels and raccoons, have found themselves in attics and decided to stick around. Skunks will rip through damaged roof edges or vents to get to a warm comfy attic. They will also trample and rip up insulation which can make your heating and cooling bills skyrocket. This is usually compounded by their tendency to spray their territory and leave their droppings everywhere which can make your home smell for months on end.

These creatures are also fond of digging their homes under houses, sheds, and even concrete foundations. These tunnels can cause foundations to shift and even crack which could lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Concrete is especially susceptible to skunks’ spray as it is porous. The liquid spray can stay in the concrete for months and can emanate through floors to stay in carpets and soil. Skunks are also fond of digging up lawns and gardens in search of grubs and roots to munch on.

Conclusion

Skunks can be a difficult and dangerous nuisance to get rid of so it may be best to call a professional animal control service. We at Frontier Wildlife Control would be happy to inspect your property and deal with any animal, skunk or otherwise, that may have moved in and made you unknowingly play host to it and its family. We will do our best to deal with the situation so you and your family can sleep easy knowing that you live in a pest free home.

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