Skunks are infamous and recognizable by their unique odor, emitted from their anal glands as a warning sign to predators. Most homeowners know to stay away from skunks for this reason, but unfortunately, curious pets do not. Skunks can also be responsible for costly landscape damage. If you're dealing with skunks in your yard, call Critter Control of Ann Arbor today at 734.333.7349!
Skunks in Ann Arbor
- There are multiple species of skunks, but the most common in Ann Arbor is the striped skunk.
- Skunks are very common throughout the state of Michigan and have increased in numbers during recent years.
- In many cases, these nocturnal animals like to live in open areas like pastures, fields, and the edges of forests.
- However, skunks have adapted and are comfortable living in highly populated areas, due to the amenities typically provided by humans.
- Skunks are adaptable and able to survive in the majority of climates. In winter months, skunks use body fat to sustain them and may remain holed up in dens for several days or even weeks.
- Human-inhabited areas are of interest to skunks because of the promise of food, including rodents, plants, insects, and even trash.
- Skunk dens are often located under structures like patios and decks.
- Aside from the structure and landscape damage caused by skunks' digging and scavenging for food, skunks cause serious damage when they feel threatened and spray.
All About Skunk Spray
- Skunk secretions are sprayed from the anal glands and cause horrible odors and temporary blindness.
- Skunk secretions can travel up to 10 feet.
- Skunk spray contains thiols, which are sulfur-based particles that are released into the air and smell like rotten eggs.
- While skunk prevention methods, like installing fences, can help deter skunks, skunks often need more effort in order to be deterred.
- Because of their digging skills, Ann Arbor homeowners need to take extra steps to seal foundation openings with heavy-duty wire and other appropriate materials.
- Some general DIY steps you can take include keeping potential food and water sources away, making sure you don't have a rodent problem, and securing pet and livestock food.
- General landscaping, like keeping debris out of your yard, is a good way to keep skunks (and other wildlife, for that matter) off your property.
Trapping and Removal
Like all wildlife, attempting to handle skunks is dangerous. In the case of skunks, you can be sprayed, scratched, or bitten—the latter of which may require medical attention. Rather than handling a skunk problem on your own, call your local Critter Control office, Critter Control of Ann Arbor for help getting rid of skunks.
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