skunk

What do skunks look like?

Skunks are perhaps one of the most recognizable pests in our region. Simply put, if you see a stout-bodied creature with short legs, and black fur with white stripes running down its back headed towards you, run in the opposite direction.

 

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Are skunks dangerous?

Just like the Looney Tunes character, Pepe Le Pew, the skunks in New York also emit a foul odor that discourages anyone from wanting to get too close. Unfortunately dogs and other pets often run straight to these odiferous pests and end up smelling like skunk for days. In addition to the foul aroma that permeates everything, skunks are dangerous to be around. They are known carriers of rabies and other pathogens that can make us sick.

Why do I have a skunk problem?

Skunks are attracted to potential food sources including pet food, trashcans, dumpsters, and fruit that has fallen off trees. They may also dig up lawns for grubs and other insects. Skunks also have a tendency to hang out under porches and decks as well as lurk in outbuildings.

How do you get rid of skunks?

Find out our Albany wildlife removal professionals can help you get rid of skunks and other nuisance and potentially damaging wildlife. If your pets have been sprayed or you’ve noticed skunks hanging around, please contact us today.

Skunk prevention tips

To discourage skunk activity on your property, our New York wildlife control experts recommend:

  • Picking up fallen fruit off any fruit bearing trees

  • Sealing off any entry points to garages, sheds and other buildings.

  • Bringing pet food indoors at night

  • Storing trash in containers with tight-fitting lids.

What to do if your pet has been sprayed by a skunk

Most experts recommend the use of Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda and liquid soap to skunk odor removal.  While you should always consult your vet for their treatment suggestions, here's a recipe you might consider trying:

  • 1 quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda

  • 1 - 2 teaspoons liquid soap

Mix ingredients together (adding lukewarm water to stretch further for larger pets) and apply to fur.  Let sit for a short period of time and then rinse.  If odor is still noticeable, repeat the process.

Avoid application around eyes and use caution near the mouth and don't let mixture sit too long on fur as it can cause bleaching. 

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