Humane Skunk Control and Removal
Hawkeye’s certified wildlife professionals can help with getting rid of skunks by using control methods including relocation and permanent removal.
Skunks in Toronto and surrounding areas can create problems when they spray your home or dog, or rip up your lawn and garden. We often receive emails and phone calls with people who need our help to:
Keep skunks away from backyard;
Get rid of skunks from their yards;
Keep skunks away from homes;
Figure out what repels skunks;
Trap and remove skunk from under desk and porches;
Stop skunks from digging in their lawn;
Provide ideas for skunk repellent or skunk deterrent.
Out of three options for getting rid of a skunk from your yard, permanent removal is the best:
1. Permanent Skunk Control and Removal.
2. Preventative Reinforcement Against Skunks
3. One-way Door/Live Trapping and Relocation of Skunks
Permanent Control and Removal of Skunks. This involves trapping and humanely euthanizing the nuisance skunk and can only be done by a licensed company. This is the option that works and will humanely get rid of the skunk permanently, without causing prolonged stressed to the animal
One-way Door/Live Trapping and Relocation. The one-way door allows the skunk to leave the space that it is inhabited, and is intended to prevent them from getting back in (although the determined ones will find a way around them). If the skunk found its way to your yard in the first place, it will likely come back. A one-way door combined with live trapping and relocation is restricted to professionals, and relocation must be done within 1km from where the skunk was caught. The process of live trapping and relocation also causes a great deal of stress for the skunk. When a skunk is relocated to new area, they are put under a lot of stress, as they do not know their way around, and cannot find food. This can lead to inhumane suffering and starvation and is not advised by many animal welfare organizations.
Preventative Reinforcement. Preventing skunks from getting under your deck, shed or other areas in your yard and will require serious reinforcement. Although skunks seem to lumber about in a clumsy fashion, they can be voracious at tearing into areas to find a home or food. Wire cloth will need to be secured properly around the base, sides and into the ground of the area they are digging under. It will need to be secured several feet into the ground so they can’t dig under it.
Unlike other Ontario animal control companies, Hawkeye’s professionals can help you get with getting rid of skunks by using all of these control methods INCLUDING relocation or permanent removal of skunks as a licensed company.
Getting Rid of Skunks in the Toronto Area
Skunks pose some threats to both people and pets. Skunks carry fleas, ticks, lice, rabies, leptospirosis and canine distemper. Skunks can also become a nuisance when their digging, burrowing and feeding behaviour cause property damage, or their presence puts family pets at risk of being sprayed by the skunk.
Skunks are most active at night (nocturnal) so digging and feeding homes often goes unnoticed by homeowners and businesses. The scent gland of the skunk holds a small amount of foul-smelling methyl mercaptan, enough to allow the skunk to spray five or six times. The skunk will give plenty of warning before spraying, if it can, by stamping its feet, growling and hissing. If the threat doesn’t leave, or the skunk is cornered or startled, the skunk will turn its back, raises its tail straight up and spray! A skunk can spray up to 6 metres and the smell can carry over a kilometre. People, dogs and other pets that get caught too close to the spray can experience nausea, pain and temporary blindness.
Skunks can easily rip up a lawn or garden overnight by digging for white grubs (Beetle larva). Skunk holes appear as small cone-shaped holes or patches of up-turned earth 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
Skunk spray can become a big problem for pets who encounter them, and don’t understand the warning signs before the spray. Dogs can become sick if sprayed up close and getting the smell out of a dog that has been sprayed by a skunk can be a real challenge.
Quick Facts on Skunks
The Latin word for bad odour is “mephit”, so the scientific name for the striped skunk is “Mephitis mephitis”. Very appropriate!
A skunk’s home range is between 3.75 km2 and 5km2
Breeding usually occurs in February and March.
Skunks usually have from 2 to 12 babies in the end of April to the beginning of June.
If skunks breed too early, they may have a short period of delayed implantation, which means the fertilized egg is “put on hold” for short time.
Skunks are omnivores – they will eat meat and vegetation. The skunk’s diet can include; insects, eggs, small mammals, corn, cherries, fish, frogs, worms and white grub larvae.