The striped skunk is known for its distinctive white stripe markings on its back extending from head to tail. Fully grown skunks weigh an average of 12 lbs.
The striped skunk can be found throughout all of Ontario and although they are not true hibernators, they can be dormant for extended periods of time during the winter months. Because of the terribly offensive odour they secrete, skunks are one of the most challenging nuisance animals to exclude in our industry. Although they mainly live in the wild, skunks have adapted very well in urban areas. They are continually seeking food and shelter and can become extremely invading, annoying and troublesome.
Skunks are viewed as “pest” species mainly because of their foul, strong smelling oil based spray and their destructive burrowing nature. Since skunks are nocturnal animals, they are most active at night and it can be difficult to identify them on your property. Skunks can spray 6 to 10 meters with great accuracy and they have great confidence in defending themselves against threats. Before a skunk attacks, it will quickly warn potential threats by stamping its front feet, clicking its teeth, hissing and lifting its tail in the direction it intends to spray.
To reduce the risk of skunks destroying your home, cottage/recreational or commercial properties, exclusion is the best prevention.
Solace Pest Solutions can provide you with many exclusion solutions including:
- Blocking off potential access points.
- Securing the perimeter of decks, sheds and crawl spaces.
- Installing one-way exclusion door to allow animals to leave while preventing re-entry.
- Repairing holes and rotting or damaged materials and structures.