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
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.
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.
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.
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!