The most common species of skunks in Houston, TX, are the striped and spotted varieties. Easily identified by their striking black and white coloring, these pests are known to dig for insects in lawns and make scratching noises when they den under sheds and decks. Even if a skunk isn't currently around, it's often easy to tell where one has been because of their lingering, unpleasant smell. While they're better known for spraying in self-defense, skunks will bite if cornered like any other wild life pest. As they are the primary carriers of rabies in Texas and are responsible for over half of the state's reported cases, it's best for residents to avoid approaching skunks.