A skunk outside in the grass during daytime.

Skunks are animals that have a very distinctive look, and are one of the most outstanding animals in the world. A skunk’s full black body and white stripe down its back is full warning to everyone close by. These animals are unlike other animals that need to camouflage themselves because they have a very deadly defense mechanism. The spray that skunks release can go as far as 15 feet, which means that skunk removal becomes an imminent procedure if one gets into your home, business, or even your yard.

A skunk’s scent is so deadly, it can cause temporary blindness, and because most people are afraid of this odor, skunks will traipse around as if they own the place. These little creatures also scare easily and as such, it is recommended that you hire an expert skunk removal company, such as Critter Ridder in Austin, to take care of your skunk problem. Call our team of professionals today!

WHY DO I NEED TO REMOVE THE SKUNKS FROM MY HOME?

If you have one or more skunks in your home, attic, or garage, the reason for removal likely seems rather obvious. However, many people don’t understand why it’s important to remove a skunk from their yard. The common belief is that as long as the skunk is left alone, there won’t be a problem. But in all actuality, skunks can be dangerous even if they’re only in your yard.

For those who have children and pets, skunk removal is even more important. While an adult may be able to see a skunk and know to avoid it, a child or a pet will likely not have that ability. Pets can accidentally sneak up on skunks in the yard, and children may mistake the skunks for another pet and try to play with them. In both cases, your pet or child could be sprayed by the skunk, which can cause a wide range of problems. Because the spray from a skunk is so vile, it can cause pets to foam at the mouth, have mucus coming from the eyes, and can harm the lungs, eyes, nose, and other organs of small children and pets alike. Additionally, the spray from a skunk has an incredibly strong and horrid smell that will linger for days if not weeks. In some cases, you may even need to have professionals come in and rid your home of the odor if a pet or child was sprayed outside and then came back in the house. 

At Critter Ridder in Auston, our main concerns are the health and safety of you and your loved ones. In order to protect children, pets, and other adults in your home, it is important to contact us if you have sighted a skunk in your yard so that we can properly remove the animal. Call us today with questions or concerns about our humane animal removal procedures!

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THEY STAY?

If you choose to allow skunks to remain in your home, yard, or attic, several things can happen.

Skunks may leave their feces, urine, and spray in any area they occupy. That means if your attic, for instance, is the home of a skunk now, even if that skunk leaves it will attract more skunks in the future. The smell and bacteria left behind can also cause health and safety issues for those in the home. Skunks breed, and if they have babies in your home or yard it will be an even worse problem.

Skunks can ruin air conditioning ducts, drywall, insulation, and other fixtures of your home. They can also dig up pipes or underground sprinkler systems in your yard. Not removing a skunk immediately will likely cause you to have to spend a lot of money on repairs and animal removal services in the future.

Mentioned previously are just a few of the things that can occur if you do not remove skunks from your property as soon as you realize they are there. Skunks can be startled very easily, and if they spray anywhere in your attic, yard, basement, or other area of your home or business, it can and will take over the entire home or building — leaving you with a very toxic smell that is extremely difficult to get rid of.

At Critter Ridder, we have trained professionals who are experienced in humane skunk removal. Our highly trained experts will eradicate the skunks from your premises without scaring them or causing them to go into defense mode. We will also perform our exclusion services, and seal all the possible entrance points to prevent future intrusions and problems. Take care of the problem quickly to avoid costly repairs in the future. Call us today to for all your skunk removal needs!

What To Do If A skunk Is Inside

Skunks will defend themselves by using their toxic smelling spray if threatened, so you should practice extreme caution when approaching a skunk. If there is a skunk in your home, use this guide to ensure that both you and the skunk remain safe.

  • Remove any pets you have from the situation. If your pets approach the skunk, it is very likely that they will be sprayed. If you want to avoid giving your pet tomato baths, you should place them in a separate room to keep them away from the skunk.
  • Open up the doors in which you are wanting the skunk to exit through. You should give the skunk a proper way to escape from your home safely.
  • Give the skunk some space to move out of your home safely. When you are in the same room as the skunk, it will remain in a defensive state and will not make any movements towards escaping.
  • Do not approach the animal if you are not comfortable. Skunks will defend themselves with their spray and can also bite if handled aggressively. If you are uncomfortable or do not want to be subject to the stench, we at Critter Ridder will be able to remove the animal safely from your home.

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