How to Identify Skunk Burrows and Holes

What Kind of Burrow Does a Skunk Make?

In woodlands and rural areas, skunks often dig their burrows under rock piles, hollow logs, or culverts. However, when the pests move into neighborhoods, they may cause problems by tunneling underneath buildings, sheds, decks, and even concrete foundations.

Skunks typically dig into the ground to build their homes, though they also take over the deserted dens of other animals. Since these burrows are used for resting, raising young, and hiding from predators, they contain many chambers and entrances to provide plenty of room and a quick escape. Holes surrounded by freshly excavated dirt and a strong, musky odor are likely to be skunk burrows.

Skunk Burrows vs. Skunk Holes

Skunks use their burrowing skills to find food as well as build their dens. The pests regularly dig for insects and grubs in yards, creating shallow, cone-shaped indentations called skunk holes. These holes are no more than a couple of inches across, while skunk burrow entrances are around eight inches in diameter and much deeper.

Control & Removal

To keep skunks from burrowing in lawns, eliminate potential den sites. Mow overgrown grasses and remove rock, brush, and wood piles. Additionally, fencing or screening areas under decks, sheds, and porches can deter the pests.

Finding burrows is a sign that skunks are already present. The pests are well known for spraying smelly liquid on those who get too close, and cornered skunks may also bite and scratch. Additionally, the pests can carry diseases such as rabies and distemper. For safe removal, contact pest removal specialists with the right tools and training to get rid of skunks.

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