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Skunks, which are easily recognized by their distinctive black and white striping, are notorious for releasing a foul odor when startled. While a skunk’s spray is best known for its strong odor, it can also cause severe irritation if it gets into the eyes of a human or animal. Fortunately, these gentle creatures seldom use this effective protection and offer many benefits to the areas in which they live.

Skunk Species Of Texas

The eastern spotted, striped skunk, hog-nosed, and hooded skunk are all found in Texas. The hooded skunk is a Mexican species that is only found in a few Texas counties near the border with Mexico.

The most commonly found skunk in North America is the striped skunk. Two white stripes are found on opposite sides of its back. The stripes extended from the animal’s head to its tail.

Only eastern Texas and the eastern United States are home to the spotted skunk. A small white spot on its forehead and a spot in front of each ear give it its name.

The American hog-nosed skunk is the world’s largest skunk. They have a long, bushy whitetail and one broad white stripe running from the base of the tail to the top of the skunk’s head. They can be found in the states of Texas’s south and central regions.

Habitat Of Skunks

Skunks are highly adaptable and can survive in a variety of environments as long as food and shelter are available. A skunk will usually settle down within 2 miles of a water source since they rarely move more than 2 miles from their formed dens. Tree hollows, hollowed-out logs, brush piles, abandoned animal burrows, and under porches and other buildings are all used as dens. If there are no other choices for shelter, skunks can dig their own underground burrows.

Skunk Behavior Behavior

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Activity

Skunks are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night. They do not hibernate, but during the coldest months of the year, when many gather in communal dens for warmth, they appear to be inactive. Skunks are mostly solitary for the rest of the year, surviving and foraging on their own.

Reproduction

Mating season is one of the few other occasions that skunks are known to socialize. In late April to early June, skunks have litters of one to seven young.

Digging

Skunks are good diggers thanks to their sturdy forefeet and long nails. They look for food such as grubs and earthworms by digging holes in lawns, parks, and golf courses. They can also burrow underneath buildings by entering foundation openings if no other alternative is available.

Spraying

When threatened, skunks are known to emit a strong odor via their anal glands. Skunks rarely strike unless cornered or protecting their young, and spraying isn’t their first line of defense. Skunks growl, spit, fluff their hair, shake their tails, and stomp their feet on the ground. If the intruder refuses to leave, the skunk can raise its tail and spray its distinctive odor.

Skunk Diet

Skunk’s foraging range is normally less than a mile, though males and young animals can venture as far as five miles. Tiny rodents, insects, and seasonal fruits make up the majority of their diet as omnivores. They eat the eggs and young of ground-nesting birds, and they dig up turtle eggs and yellow-jacket wasp nests on a regular basis. They tend to prefer Japanese and June beetle grubs that feed on the roots of lawn grasses. Skunks are also attracted to trash and pet food left outdoors.

Life Cycle Of Skunks

Skunks are polygamous, which means they have multiple partners of the opposite sex. The breeding season typically starts in February and lasts until March. After mating, the male abandons the female and refuses to help raise the children. After a 62 to 68-day gestation period, four to eight young are born between late April and early June. Although the striped pattern on their bodies is distinguishable, the young are born helpless, blind, and hairless. At about 22 days, their eyes open; weaning starts at six to eight weeks, and the young start to forage for food with the mother.

Why Are Skunks Living Near My Home?

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Skunks eat plants and animals in equal amounts depending on the season. Insects, grubs, and earthworms are common foods for them. They are capable of digging large holes in your lawn in search of food beneath the surface. Grubs are the primary cause of this devastation. Skunks are attracted to grub infestations.

Skunks eat berries, leaves, and nuts as part of their omnivorous diet. Different types of plants in your garden can be inspected to see if they provide a food source. Skunks will avoid snacking on fallen debris if your yard is well-kept.

Skunks in cities and suburbs may be more likely to eat garbage or scavenge for dead rodents. They can infiltrate garbage dumps in search of a quick meal. Skunks may also consume pet food. Skunks will not enter your yard if you control their food sources and make them challenging to obtain.

Skunks will construct dens beneath decks, sheds, and patios. These are safe havens from predators to hide or reproduce. Skunks commonly burrow to make dens, and they’ll dig to a depth of one foot underground. Several animals may be housed in a single den at any given time, especially during the winter because skunks do not go into hibernation. They might spend a few weeks underground, but only if the weather is nasty.

Damage Caused By Skunks

Skunks are known for their foul-smelling spray and their digging habits. When skunks dig for insects, they leave holes in your grass, and if one digs a burrow underneath your house, it can ruin your foundation. Signs of Skunk Damage:

  • Holes in the lawn are small and cone-shaped; 3-4 inches in diameter.
  • Tracks left by skunks: Each foot has five toes with noticeable claws.
  • Skunks will raid chicken coops, stealing eggs and sometimes a chicken

Skunk Carried Diseases

Skunks can spread infectious diseases, viruses, and parasites to humans and/or pets through bites. The following are some of the most severe illnesses:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Canine distemper
  • Canine Hepatitis
  • Roundworm in the intestine (Baylisascaris columnaris)
  • Rabies

In some areas, skunks are the most common rabies carriers. Rabies is commonly lethal to humans and pets if they are not handled right away. If you think a skunk has rabies, don’t touch it; instead, contact wildlife removal experts right away. Skunks may have two types of rabies: the “furious” form, in which they become violent, and the “dumb” form, in which they become unaffected by human presence. Other rabies symptoms to watch for in skunks include daytime behavior, an unsteady or disoriented gait, drooling, and/or foaming at the mouth.

Skunk Trapping & Exclusion

Skunks can be difficult to get rid of because they can spray if they feel threatened. Skunks are usually removed by performing a wildlife exclusion or skunk trapping. A wildlife control technician’s most common method of resolving a skunk problem is to set a humane trap (non-lethal) for it. After the Skunk has been caught, the Skunk holes they dug should be checked and filled in to ensure that no other Skunks in the area will use them.

If you see or smell a skunk on your property, give us a call, and one of our Wildlife Technicians will come out to inspect your home or business.

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You should expect a full ground, attic, and roof inspection from Bailey’s Critter Removal to ensure that your property is fully secured from wildlife infiltration. We’re here to listen to your concerns and formulate a solution that will quickly restore stability to your house. Today, get professional skunk removal in San Antonio, TX.

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