How long can a skunk live with rabies

How long can a skunk live with rabies

Animals typically affected by rabies can live up to 5-10 days. The time is very dependent on where the animal was bitten since the virus affects the nervous system. Skunks with rabies are quite common even though they carry the virus themselves, they do not display symptoms of it making it them a reservoir of rabies as well. It can take up to several days before symptoms are displayed. These can range from disorientation, fatigue, foaming from the mouth, excessively tame, overly aggressive. If you do notice unusual behavior from any type of wild animal it is advised to stay far away as possible especially raccoons and skunks since these two wild animals often in urban areas. 

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Rabies can only be transmitted through saliva when an animal bites another animal, or when a human gets bitten by an animal. Animals who are rabid can transmit the rabies virus in the last stage of contracting the virus. It is important to keep a close eye on your pets when you live in a forested or wooden area as there is a higher chance of getting skunks close to your pets. Also make sure to look out for signs that show unusual tracks, piled up dirt, and trampled vegetation. Skunks prefer to dig burrows near the base of existing structures and underneath them such as decks and sheds by tunneling underneath them. To combat the skunk presence in your backyard it is advised to hire professional wildlife control specialists to remove them from your property. 

The process is relatively cost-effective and is done quickly with permanent results. When the technician arrives on the scene, the technician conducts an exterior inspection. The exterior inspection is meant to familiarize the technician with the case and will lead the technician to the skunk burrow. After the skunk burrow is found, the technician checks if the burrow is inhabited. Technicians may check several places based on experience from previous cases and on behavior patterns as previously discussed.

Once the location of the burrow is determined, the technician starts the removal process. The technician digs a trench in the shape of an ‘L’ and places steel mesh preventing the animal from digging again. The technician also places a contraption known as a One-Way-Door, which is a tunnel-like contraption. Once the skunk passes through it, it gets locked out and vacates the area. After it is confirmed that the skunk has vacated, the technician will patch the entry-point with galvanized steel mesh to prevent another break-in.

To have your skunks ethically removed, call the wildlife control specialists from Skunk Control to receive a free consultation and to book an appointment.