Skunks are common in residential areas. Porches, decks, sheds, and other structures outside are popular denning sites. Skunks dig under them for shelter and venture out at night to find food. If there are skunks under your porch, know that they will leave on their own. If you can’t wait, you can get them out safely with the help of a wildlife removal company. Call Skunk Control for guaranteed skunk removal and exclusion services in the GTA. Our services are affordable and come with a 2-year warranty.
If there are several skunks under your porch, you are dealing with a mother and her kits. Female skunks like to den under porches in the spring so they can give birth to their kits somewhere safe. Litters range between 4 and 6 kits, who are deaf and blind at birth. They depend entirely on their mothers for the first few weeks of their lives. At 6 weeks, they begin to venture out with their mothers, which is when you are more likely to spot them. By end of the summer, the family will separate and leave the den.
How to Evict Skunks
Although they won’t stick around forever, skunks can be a nuisance while you wait for them to leave. If you want them gone, wait until July, then call a professional wildlife removal company for help. A technician will install a one-way door to the entrance of the skunks’ den. Like an open-ended trap, or a pet door that only goes one way, the one-way door is a flap that swings outward. When the skunks want to go out and feed, they will push though the door and be unable to get back in. Once out, they will find another place to den.
Once out, you can protect your property from skunks by excluding your porch completely. Dig a trench around the porch, about a foot deep, then screw a thick, half-inch mesh into its sides. This will keep skunks and raccoons from digging underneath the porch. For better protection against rodents, use a quarter-inch mesh that is 16-gauge or thicker. Bury the sides of the deck when you are done. You can do this for any structure outside, such as sheds, gazebos, and crawl spaces. When you’re done, keep the yard tidy and secure your garbage cans with bungee cords.
Call Skunk Control for Help
Handling a skunk problem by yourself is risky because you risk frightening the skunk, which may spray you in response. Skunk spray is very powerful. It smells terrible and the odour will last for weeks, seeping into the fabrics you have around the house. If you get sprayed near the face, you might even have to go to the hospital. Call us for safe and humane skunk removal. Our technicians recognize the signs of a skunk problem and get the animals out without anyone getting hurt. We provide comprehensive skunk removal and exclusion services that are guaranteed to work.