Animals digging in your yard? Skunk odors? Skunks under your home or porch? These are oftentimes indicators that skunks are living on or near your property. Call your local Critter Control office today at 800 CRITTER for effective skunk removal and exclusion services.


Skunk Control: Trapping & Removal

Critter Control Technicians are Certified Wildlife Specialists, with the knowledge and tools to get rid of your skunk problem. Critter Control offices practice humane skunk removal techniques, that ensure the safe capture and release (Where transportation and release is allowed by state law) of your skunk issue. Our Critter Control skunk removal professionals are trained in skunk removal, skunk trapping, skunk control and in how to identify skunks and skunk problems and prevent future skunk damage.

Skunk Damage

Skunks can cause considerable damage as they gain entry and inhabit homes or businesses. They can leave behind feces and urine, plus stubborn scents and stains if they spray their scent. People most commonly associate the unmistakable smell with skunks, but they can also carry rabies and cause damage to your house and property while trying to gain access to your crawl space, basement, shed and other areas of your house and property. Skunks also dig holes in lawns and raid garbage cans while searching for food. If you notice a skunk wondering around in the daytime you need to call a skunk removal expert from Critter Control as soon as possible, since the skunk may be diseased and could act in unnatural ways, especially if it has rabies.

Baby Skunks in Window WellSkunk Problem Prevention and Repair

After you experience a skunk problem once, you will quickly search for how to prevent another skunk problem. A skunk removal expert may set up a fencing system around key areas near the house (and garden) and seal all holes and entrances a skunk may use to prevent skunks from coming back. It’s also important to remove all food sources that may attract skunks. A skunk removal specialist will know the best techniques on preventing a skunk problem. Contact the skunk removal experts at Critter Control if you smell a problem on the rise.

Skunk Description

Skunks are fairly easy to identify in the area, especially when you see a small creature with a bushy tail and a body striped black and white. Their bodies range up to 21 inches long, depending on the species, and their tails add another 12-14 inches in length. There are 9 species of skunks in 3 genera.


You may see skunks at night in the springtime, as temperatures warm and they actively start searching for food and mates. If you come across a skunk, pay attention to the pre-spraying warning signs when they stomp their feet. It’s best to move as far away as possible from the scampering creatures because skunks can accurately spray between 10 to 15 feet. The liquid is sprayed from their anal glands and can travel more than 10 feet.

Skunk Habitats

Skunks are common in a variety of habitats and are largely nocturnal. Skunks can be found in forested areas, fields or suburban areas. They often nest under buildings, create burrows or inhabit hollow logs. You will most likely find skunks under houses, decks, sheds, cabins and storage buildings. They become more active in the area in the spring when they focus on breeding and the summer when they look for food. Skunks normally follow a diet of rodents, insects and wild fruit, but may change their diet to include garden crops, garbage and lawn insects. If you do not seek skunk removal, they may make a permanent residence around the house

Skunk Entry

Skunks often nest under porches or burrow under sides of homes. Skunks can get into homes or businesses through relatively small holes, and once inside can create nests or create messes. Skunks are also good climbers and can get higher up on buildings before making entry in attics or other areas.

Critter Control Technician with Skunk BabySkunk Control and Safety

Skunks should not be confronted by an untrained property owner. Skunk spray is very difficult to remove, and can cause temporary blindness if it gets in the eyes. Skunks also are capable of causing significant wounds by biting or scratching and are known to carry rabies. They generally give some type of warning before spraying, usually by stomping their front feet.

Many homeowners in the area, try to remove skunks on their own, but this can often cause skunks to spray pets and family members and quickly move to find shelter in another area around the house. Getting rid of the skunk smell can be tedious and time consuming, so it’s best to leave a skunk alone until a skunk removal expert can recommend the best skunk removal method for your particular situation.

Contact a Critter Control Skunk Specialist

Skunk removal and professional skunk prevention services should be contacted as soon as a skunk issue is identified. Call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837)