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.
Skunks use their powerful defense only when they or their young are threatened and cannot escape. Even then, they give ample warning that should be heeded, stamping front feet, a raised tail, hissing, short forward charges, and twisting their hind end around in your direction. When it comes to skunks on your property, you always want to prevent them from denning and making themselves at home. Exclusion techniques should be used proactively to prevent this denning from occurring before an animal moves in. Any suspected skunk den should first be checked out to determine if a skunk has indeed moved in. Contact us today to schedule skunk removal in Missoula, Bitterroot Valley, MT & surrounding areas.
Skunk Odor Removal
How do you eliminate the odor once you have been sprayed by a skunk? It may be of no help now, but your dog could have known the warning signs ahead of time. A skunk will give many clear signals before it sprays. If threatened, it will stamp its front feet, arch its back, and shuffle away. If you don’t leave right away, it will turn its posterior toward you, raise the tail, and release the smelly musk, a sulfur-alcohol compound, from special glands near the anus. This spray not only stinks but burns and can cause temporary blindness if it is sprayed directly into the eyes. Since you didn’t know this, and thus got sprayed, here is how to get rid of the odor:
One reason for this proliferation is due to the raccoons omnivorous diet, which leads them to garbage, scraps or whatever they can get in their grubby paws. They’re also incredibly smart, which means that no matter how securely you store your garbage, these guys will probably find a way to get it. Besides the mess they generate, raccoons can spread diseases, including rabies and roundworm.
There are steps you can take to make your property less attractive to wildlife. Using wildllife proof garbage containers or strapping down garbage lids with a bungee cord is a good way to keep them out of your trash. Custom West Pest & Wildlife Service has a wildlife expert on staff that can assess the situation and build a customizable solution to your Raccoon problem.