Skunks are black and white mammals from the family Mephitidae that also includes stink badgers as their cousins.
In America the most common Skunks are the striped skunks. They have poor vision and optimal senses of smelling and hearing. The big thing everyone knows about skunks is that they will spray you with a secretion from their anal glands if you come to close to them. Stinky! Skunks are about 2 feet long and 8 lbs in weight, about the average size of a cat.
Skunks live about 3 years and usually harbor in sheds, under decks, and will even dig their own holes with their strong long claws, to grub for food like earthworms and to nest, digging under patios and even the ground itself! You can find these skunk dens preferably close to a water source. Between April and September you will see more families of skunks as this is when they give birth to their litter which can range from one to seven pups.
Skunks are insect eaters of beetles, grasshoppers, grubs and worms but also feast on mice, frogs, and fruits and berries. You wouldn't want to hire a skunk for a mouse elimination though!
Skunks are nocturnal meaning they mostly forage for food at night. They carry a number of diseases that can be transferred. If you see one in the daytime that does not necessarily mean that they are rabid. Rabies, unless treated immediate can prove to be fatal to humans and pets.
WHY DO SKUNKS COME AROUND?
You are probably wondering why skunks are being attracted to your property? Namely food and shelter. If you have an apple tree in your yard, fallen fruit can be an attractive food source. Don't be surprised, we are seeing more and more skunks in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island for a number of reasons. Flash Exterminating provides Leaf Removal and Property Maintenance Services which provides the removal and cutting of grass, the assurance of garbage cans that are adequate with tight fitting lids, and the elimination of junk piles and debit.
Where are they damaging your property?
The most common times Skunks will come to your home in New York is foraging through your trash at night for food. The Skunks nest you will find in New York is located under your porch. Flash Exterminating offers the live trapping that is often necessary to control these animals. These live skunk traps are often tubular, or covered with a towel, to impair their vision and helps prevent them from spraying. Flash Exterminating also provides 6 feet of fencing. 4 feet above ground and 2 feet below will keep the critters out of those nesting areas, while wire mesh will cover openings of entry points in the structure.
For close areas Flash Exterminating can incorporate repellant such as granular or liquid applied to attractive trash receptacles or for more widespread coverage we have the option of electronic repellents to frighten the animal away from the area. The simple use of music and the installation of night lights can serve as temporary solutions to new infestations.
If your property is being inundated with skunks please do not hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Flash Exterminating for a step by step analysis and free quote to resolve this nuisance wildlife problem. Thank you,
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