Identification

  • Size: Adults are typically 20 to 32 inches 

    Colour: Black, patterned white stripes

    Commonly found: Under porches or structure, crawlspace, behind wooded areas

    Reproduction: In the spring; the single litter varies from 2 to 7 babies

FAQ

  • 1.

    What should I know about skunks?

    • Skunks are intelligent omnivores that can adapt to their environments, they feed upon small rodents, fruit, insects, berries, garbage, and much more.

    • Their bodies are flexible, and can fit through small spaces.

    • Skunks are not particularly disturbed by human presence or activity.

  • 2.

    Health risks associated with skunks?​

    • They are known to have spread diseases, such as Leptospirosis, LCMV.

    • They are potential carries of fleas and mites.

    • Their spray can cause nausea, burning or temporary blindness if it strikes the eyes.

    • Although cases of skunks affected by rabies is low in Ontario, if you are bitten or scratched by a rabid skunk, seek immediate medical attention.

  • 3.

    How do skunks impact my property?

    • They are capable of digging, and can cause damage to the garden or nearby vegetation.

    • Their spray can release a foul and nauseous odor.

    • Their feces, contain bacteria and it can be a concern for residents or pets.

    • Skunks can rake residence under porches, decks, steps or find entry into accessible crawlspaces.

  • 4.

    How can I prevent skunks from invading?

    • Block all gaps and entrances leading to the underside of raised decks, or under any structure.

    • Employ strategies for proper waste management and food storage.

    • Consider wildlife proofing.

    • Ask our licensed pest control professional for help!

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