Skunks in Middle Tennessee

There are two species of skunks in Middle Tennessee-- the eastern spotted skunk and the striped skunk. Both have black fur and as the names imply, one has spots while the other has white stripes. The striped skunk is larger and more prevalent in the Middle Tennessee. 

Tennessee Skunk Breeding Season

The most likely time to experience a skunk problem on your property is during mating season.
Skunk mating season starts in February. If you have skunks on your property, you will smell it. 

Males wander in search for females in heat. If a female spurs his advances, she will spray. Males typically spray during fights over females. A minor skunk problem can quickly magnify during breeding season.To avoid a skunk’s spray, rely on professional handling and skunk trapping. Removing food supplies is one of the most effective ways to prevent a skunk from entering your property.

Skunks invade yards in Rutherford county, Davidson County, Sumner County, and Williamson County in search for food and a safe place to burrow. Female skunks will look for safe place to give birth to her litter. A littler typically consists of four to seven pups. Gestation lasts a little over sixty days. After which point, juvenile skunks will accompany their mother out to look for food. The family stays together until fall.

Skunk Control in Middle Tennessee 

Sheds, porches, and crawlsapces make ideal burrowing locations which can lead to structural damage. During this inspection, we found evidence the skunk had clawed her way into the crawlspace.

We set a skunk trap with peanut butter bait and blocked the entrace to the crawlspace. By law, we released the skunk on site. Before the skunk release, we reinfornced the entrance to the crawl space and suggest hardware cloth around the porch. 

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Skunk Prevention

Skunks have poor eyesite. It is easy to stumble upon a skunk in your yard and startled it. A startled skunk is a spraying skunk. If you smell evidence of skunks on your Middle Tennessese property, call Critter Control to safely remove it. You don't want yourself, your pet, or your home to get sprayed. 


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