At Custom Pest Solutions we provide safe, humane, reliable, and effective removal, trapping, control, and exclusion for any skunk problem you may have. If you have a skunk or a family of skunks living on your property or in your home, we can provide the services to remove them and keep them out for good. We use the most up to date and advanced skunk removal equipment and techniques to take care of your problem.
Florida is home to both the Eastern spotted skunk and the Striped skunk. They occur throughout Florida except for the Keys. Both skunk species are about the size of a house cat with a small head, short legs, and a bushy tail. Skunks have highly useful defense strategies. When threatened, skunks will pound their front feet into the ground as a warning sign that they might spray. If the skunk feels there is still a threat, it will arch its back, lift its tail, and discharge a highly putrid oily liquid from the glands near the anus. Skunks can effectively aim and spray targets up to 15 feet at 180 degrees. Not only does skunk essence smell pungently bad, but it can also cause temporary blindness. The spray deters predators such as foxes, bobcats, coyotes, and domestic dogs. Their chief predator here is the great horned owl.
Skunks are nocturnal so they are active mostly at night, emerging around dusk to search for food. During the day they sleep in dens they dig under porches, decks, sheds, and patios. They live under these human structures because they are opportunistic scavengers that like to eat garbage and pet food, so they often become a problem for homeowners or business owners. They can become alarmed when seeing pets and humans, feel threatened and spray. If your pet is sprayed, you should call your veterinarian immediately.
Skunks also use scent as a means of communication. Male skunks will randomly discharge leaving their extraordinarily unpleasant scent throughout the area that can unfortunately also come inside homes or businesses through open windows. Once that happens, you will never want to experience that again so after we trap for skunks, we can also install special barriers around your porch, deck, or patio to keep the skunks out in the future.
When skunks defecate and urinate in or close to human structures, they can pose multiple health risks to both humans and animals. Their excrement can also cause histoplasmosis or Salmonella. Skunks can carry the rabies virus that is transmitted through infected animals' saliva. Rabies can kill unvaccinated pets and humans if untreated.
The Eastern Spotted Skunk is a small black and white mammal that is about 20 inches long, including the eight-inch tail, and weighs about two pounds. The fur of the Eastern Spotted Skunk is the silkiest of the skunk furs, and pelts were once valued highly. Their fur is black with horizontal white stripes on the neck and shoulders, and irregular vertical stripes and elongated spots on its sides. This skunk also has white spots between its eyes. The Eastern spotted skunk is the only skunk that can climb trees. It is also faster and more agile than the larger skunks. When threatened, it can do a handstand to point its anal glands towards the intruder, and spray. It is highly carnivorous and feeds mainly on small mammals, but also eats grubs and other insects, as well as corn, grapes, and mulberries. Except when rearing its young, this skunk does not occupy a claimed territory, but rather moves about and dens wherever convenient. This skunk is more social than other skunks, and several individuals may share a den in winter.
The Striped Skunk is easily recognized by their characteristic colors and pattern. The fur is black with a white stripe that begins as a triangular shape on the top of the head, forks into two stripes that travel down the sides of the back, and usually merges again near the base of the tail. Another white stripe runs from the base of the snout between the eyes and ends on the forehead. Stripe width and length vary with each animal. Stripes sometimes occur on the tail, but more often the tail is composed of both black and white hairs intermixed. It is about 22-30 inches in length and weighs between 4-12 pounds on average.
If you discover a skunk living under your porch, deck, or patio, in your shed or garage, or even in the crawlspace, please call us. We are here to eliminate your skunk problems.
Our priority when we first arrive on your property is to perform a thorough inspection to determine where the skunk’s den is located and how much damage it has caused. Each situation is different therefore each situation must be carefully inspected so that we can develop a custom skunk removal solution to fit your needs.
We then start the skunk removal process by setting traps to remove it. traps are checked and monitored by our staff until we are satisfied all skunks have been removed from your property.
Our next step is to install special barriers around your porch, deck, or patio to keep skunks out in the future. We also offer fogging with an antimicrobial deodorizer/ disinfectant to prevent other skunks from being attracted by the scent left behind.
What should I do if a family member, pet, or I encounter a skunk?
Humans and animals can nearly always avoid being sprayed by calmly walking away and leaving an agitated skunk alone. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen, and what follows is an unpleasant situation for everyone involved. If the victim was sprayed in the face, their eyes should be flushed with cool water for several minutes. Any scratches should be treated with antibacterial cream or spray to reduce the risk of infection. And if the pet or human in question was actually bitten by the skunk, then they'll need to see a veterinarian or doctor so that anti-rabies measures can be taken.
What can I use if we get sprayed by a skunk?
You can use a commercial skunk-odor remover found at most pet stores and some hardware stores. There are solutions that are safe to use on pets and humans and other solutions that are only intended for use on furniture or patio decks. Follow the directions on the bottle carefully. You can alternatively use a popular home remedy by making a peroxide and baking soda solution. Mix one quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, with ½ cup of baking soda, and one teaspoon of dish soap or laundry detergent. Using gloves and a sponge or washcloth that will have to be thrown away, scrub the victim's fur and/or skin thoroughly with the mixture. Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse it off with cool water. Repeat if necessary. The peroxide and baking soda will help neutralize the odor, and the dish soap will help remove any oily residue. Peroxide has a bleaching effect on hair and fur, and it can be harsh on sensitive skin so only leave the solution on for five minutes at a time. Discontinue its use immediately if the victim has a bad reaction to it. Any leftovers must be diluted and then flushed down the drain. If stored the mixture will expand over time and the container will explode.
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