How Dangerous Are Skunks In Sarasota Country?

9/17/2021

Living in Sarasota County, chances are you’ve come across a skunk. Hopefully, you just saw one on the side of the road or smelled one as you quickly drove through an area where they had sprayed. If you're one of the lucky ones who has never had a skunk encounter, here are some things you need to know.

Skunks are solitary animals that grow to about the size of a common housecat. They are easily recognizable by their black coat with distinct white stripes. They are scavengers who will eat berries, nuts, bugs, mice, pet food, and anything else they can find. 

Skunks are most known for their unique defense mechanism. When threatened, they can spray a smelly, sulfur-based compound over ten feet with accuracy. The threat of this spray keeps predators away. Larger animals like wolves and foxes generally leave these smelly pests alone. 

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Are Skunks Dangerous?

Skunks are a pest you don’t want to encounter, and not just because of their smell. Let’s take a look at dangers of having skunks around:

  • Spray: Skunk spray smells terrible. If you are sprayed, the stench may stay with you for days or weeks. It can also cause eye irritation, temporary blindness, nausea, and vomiting. In high doses, it can be fatal to both pets and humans.

  • Diseases: Skunks spread a range of diseases and are especially susceptible to rabies. Because of this, they are the primary carrier of rabies in the United States. They cannot transmit rabies through their spray, only through biting. There droppings can spread other diseases including roundworms. 

  • Property damage: Skunks are aggressive diggers. Their front claws are the perfect tool for it. They will build dens and dig tunnels under buildings, which can jeopardize the structural integrity of your home.

While skunks aren’t naturally aggressive, they will defend their dens and react aggressively if cornered. They will stomp their front feet and charge at anything they perceive as a threat, before using their spray as a defense to cover their escape. To avoid any of the dangers that skunks can cause, avoid skunks and don’t try to handle them or chase them off your property. 

How To Keep Skunks Off Your Sarasota Property

No one wants a skunk on their property. They can ruin furniture and make your home borderline uninhabitable for days if they release their spray. If you want to keep skunks away from your home or business, there are some things you can do to make your property less inviting:

  • Keep garbage stored in sealed containers.

  • Clean up after your pets and don’t leave pet food out.

  • Seal any openings that they could use to get into or under your house using wire mesh.

  • Pick up any ripe fruit that has fallen off of trees.

  • To keep skunks out of your garden, use fox, bobcat, or mountain lion urine which is available in crystal or spray form.

  • Keep bushes neatly trimmed and limbs six to eight feet from your home.

You should never try to kill a skunk in or around your home. When a skunk is killed, it unloads all its remaining spray. This could leave your home and yard smelling like skunk spray for weeks or even months. 

Get Professional Help

The safest method for skunk control and removal is to seek help from a professional pest control company like Keller's Pest Control. If you have a skunk in your home or on your property, don’t try to trap or kill it on your own. Our exterminators are trained in wildlife removal and can remove skunks from your property quickly and safely.

If you don’t have an active skunk problem and want to make sure they aren’t an issue in the future, we can help with that as well. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection and make recommendations on how you can keep your home and property skunk-free. Contact us today!

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