Facts and information

Skunks are native to many parts of the United States. There are a few different species of the animal, however, the striped skunk is the most common one that humans encounter. Skunks have a noxious spray that they can distribute when they feel threatened or scared. The natural habitat of a skunk is usually clearings, pastures and on the outskirts of forests. If they make their way into suburban or urban areas, they normally nest underneath porches or sheds.

Many times, having skunks on your property does not cause any issues if they are left alone. There are steps that can be taken to humanely deter or remove skunks from your area. Removing things such as loose garbage, covering window wells and securing all outdoor buildings can help to keep skunks away from your home.

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Skunk Information

The skunk is a larger member of the weasel family and can grow to be about 30 inches long (tail included) and weigh about 8 pounds. Their natural habitat is around clearings, pastures and along the edge of forests. They usually nest under a hollow stump or log, but in suburban areas, they often live under porches, low decks, and sheds.

In most cases, the occasional visit of skunks in the landscape can be tolerated and no control measures are needed. However, permitting a skunk to live under a deck or porch is something most people won’t tolerate. Learn more

Summary: Skunks are native to many parts of the United States. There are a few different species of the animal, however, the striped skunk is the most common one that humans encounter.

What to do about skunks

Skunks, easily identifiable by their characteristic black and white striping, are infamous for producing a foul odor when frightened. Although a skunk’s spray is known mostly for its robust smell, it can also cause intense discomfort if it gets into a person or animal’s eyes.

Fortunately, these mild-mannered creatures rarely use this potent defense, and provide quite a few benefits to the areas they inhabit. Read more

Summary: Many times, having skunks on your property does not cause any issues if they are left alone. There are steps that can be taken to humanely deter or remove skunks.