The wildlife that we see around us in New Jersey is enjoyable to watch from a distance. They signal the change of seasons, and the beginning of spring. However, they become a problem when they decide to take up residence with us in our yard, or worse yet, in our home. Removing skunks from your property is something you might consider in order to avoid future problems with this animal.
This is true of the skunk. A normally docile creature, when a skunk perceives danger, it gives off the familiar spray to ward off predators. The spray of a skunk can reach up to 10 feet. The reason it smells so bad is because it is made of sulfur. Anyone who has ever smelled a rotten egg knows the smell of sulfur. Once a human or dwelling has been sprayed by a skunk, the penetrating odor is difficult to remove.
The Problem Of Skunks Living With You
Even if it were possible to avoid being in the presence of a skunk to avoid its spray, if a skunk decides to take up residence in your yard or home, the smell may still be evident. That is because skunks also spray during mating season, when they are fighting other males for breeding rights. Breeding is in late winter, while their litters are born between late April and early June.
Female skunks seek out dry, warm shelters in order to bear their young. They will often build a den under a deck or a shed. They also will often dig holes in your property in an attempt to find food. Once they have found a place to bear their young, they can be very territorial in attempting to hold onto it. To make matters worse, there have been confirmed reports by skunk control experts that some of these animals carry rabies.
What To Do If You Have Skunks On Your Property
It is not advisable to try to solve a skunk problem yourself. Even if you manage to trap a skunk, its babies may be left behind, and other skunks will often take up residence in the same area. It is important to find out where the skunks are gaining access to your property. Any access points will need to be sealed off in order to insure that they never return.
Contact Precise Termite & Pest Control
The best way to handle this type of problem is to hire a professional NJ animal control specialist for skunk control. A pest control specialist is familiar with the breeding habits of this particular animal, and will have the experience and training to know where to look for its common breeding places. We will be able to find its points of entry, in order to block future access to the home. Most importantly, we will know the best way to deal with and remove the problem, in accordance with New Jersey wildlife laws. Call us at (866) 971-2847 to schedule a free home inspection. For over 25 years we have been keeping Northern New Jersey pest free and providing trusted and skilled services.