Skunk Removal in Denver
Skunks on your property can be a nuisance. Not only are they smelly, but they can also damage your landscaping and carry diseases. That's why we offer a variety of skunk control services to help keep your property skunk-free. We can provide you with skunk-proof fencing and skunk traps. We also offer skunk removal services if your property already has skunks. No matter what your skunk control needs are, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our services if you're noticing:
- Digging along your fence line
- Digging underneath a structure
- Skunk odor
Our wildlife professionals will assess potential skunk habitat on your property, develop a plan to remove skunks from your property, offer options to get rid of the skunk smell, and work to protect against future skunk encounters.
Prevention – The Most Important Part of Skunk Control
Skunks are opportunistic omnivores. They will eat rodents, pups, bird eggs, other small animals, and insects (especially grubs in the lawn) and consume garbage and fruits/berries. To make your property less appealing to skunks, it is important to reduce the food sources on your property. This can include removing trees or shrubs that produce berries, securing trash, keeping dog food in sealed containers, and maintaining the prey population around your property.
Habitat modification is also very important to prevent skunks from establishing a den on your property. Make sure to secure sheds, outbuildings, low decks, and patios as these areas provide ideal protection from weather and predators. Remember that skunks are avid diggers, so any repairs should be designed to prevent skunks from burrowing. Wood piles and excess debris (basically anything that a skunk can burrow under and hide in) should also be cleaned up around the home. If possible, fence-line opens should be repaired to make skunk entry into the yard more difficult.
Odor – The Most Noticeable Sign of Skunk Activity
When skunks are present on a property, there is almost always a signature smell to accompany them. When a wildlife professional is inspecting a property, it can be difficult to discern the reason for the skunk smell. It is important to understand why the skunk has released its musk so that proper skunk removal and odor remediation can be done. Here are a few reasons why a skunk might spray:
- The mating season for skunks is typically February & March. During this time, male skunks are more likely to release musk to defend their territory against other males and females may be warding off a male advance. This can lead to a lot of smelly in your neighborhood if skunks live nearby.
- Skunks will mark their territory to let other wildlife know that it is their turf. Typically, these sprays are not as strong and do not necessarily mean that the skunk is living on your property. It is always wise to have the property checked for evidence of a skunk den, just in case.
- If a skunk feels threatened by another wild animal, you or your dog, it will spray to protect itself. The amount of musk released will vary depending on the situation as skunks typically do not release all their musk at one time. They don’t want to be left empty, as it can take several days to replenish their supply. It is interesting to note that a skunk’s greatest predator is the Great Horned Owl which just so happens to have a poor sense of smell
- When a skunk dies, it often releases its musk during decomposition, and this often contaminates the soil and surrounding objects. This can lead to a very pungent combination of natural decomp & musk. Causes of a skunk dying under a structure can be a disease, predation, natural causes, or a homeowner/contractor sealing off the den while a skunk is still inside.
Mitigation – Skunk Removal and Odor Remediation
In most situations, skunks need to be trapped and removed because of their keen ability to dig back into/under an area. Ideally, a trap is set in the den so that the skunk cannot avoid it and remain living under a structure. According to Colorado State law, if a skunk is captured, it cannot be released or relocated elsewhere. After the skunk is removed, it is vital to repair/seal off the den so that other skunks or wildlife cannot inhabit the area.
During the skunk removal process, many homeowners want to know what they can do to get rid of the skunk smell. There is no magic solution, but here are a few things that can help:
- For a minor spray in an open area, time may help dissipate the odor. Air purifying machines and crock pots of apple cider vinegar can help clear the air inside the home.
- If skunks have sprayed onto a surface, it can be more difficult to get rid of the smell. In some cases, a cleaning solution of baking soda, water, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide can wash away the spray and minimize the smell.
- It is the most difficult when skunks spray into the soil in an enclosed area – such as under a deck, driveway, or patio. Since the spray can be held in the soil, it can take a long time for the smell to go away. Often the smell will get better on cold days and re-surge again on warm days. This is because the changing temperature releases the spray molecules from the soil. In severe cases, the contaminated soil must be removed to provide relief from the skunk smell. This can require extensive demo and restoration.
Skunk Control Service Area
As a local company, Whitmore is proud to provide skunk control services to our Colorado neighbors. Our skunk removal has been helping customers since 2011, and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! See if we service your city: