Having a skunk on your property is a nightmare. Who wants to walk around scared of being sprayed by skunk fumes? Having a skunk in your yard is definitely something for the professionals to handle. Fox Pest Control wants you to feel safe in your own space.
You might already know for sure that you have a skunk problem. But here are a couple of the most common signs of a skunk problem in Rhode Island.
The classic sign of skunks nearby is their smell. Because they have poor eyesight and have few other natural weapons, they are very willing to spray a potential predator. Victims of skunk spray describe the effect as being similar to tear gas.
While searching for insects to eat, skunks may make cone-shaped holes in the ground. They are also most comfortable living underground and may make use of an abandoned groundhog tunnel.
Skunks will eat garden crops and search through the garbage in search of food. They may also eat pet food left outside, eggs, or even small birds or chickens if they can.
Skunks have a five-toe print, complete with claws.
Think you have a skunk problem? Call Fox Pest Control for a free skunk control quote.
Schedule prompt service with one of our certified Pest Pro technicians.
Your Pest Pro will conduct a thorough inspection of your home and property in order to provide a customized skunk treatment plan that will be most effective for your situation.
You will receive a detailed report of the service provided and helpful recommendations to remain skunk free.
We come back regularly throughout the year to ensure the Skunks don’t come back. If you see any skunk activity between your regularly scheduled service, simply give us a call. We’ll come back for free!
Technically, skunks aren’t lethal, although their spray has a similar effect to being hit by tear gas. Skunks also get spooked and spray easily because of their poor eyesight.
For some people, getting sprayed by a skunk can lead to:
Watery and irritated eyes
Usually, skunks only spray when they are frightened, but they can get easily spooked because of their poor eyesight.
Skunk spray can be compared to tear gas. It can lead to watery and irritated eyes, dizziness, nausea, and even temporary blindness.
Skunks can carry diseases like:
Intestinal roundworm (Baylisascaris columnaris)
Skunks can also carry ticks and fleas, which carry other diseases as well.
Skunks are very vulnerable to rabies, and any bite from a skunk must be treated as a potential exposure to the rabies virus.
As omnivores, skunks can eat just about anything they can find. However, they tend to like eating grubs, worms, snails, insects, fruits, vegetables, and seeds.
Skunks have poor eyesight, so they rely on their sensitive hearing and sense of smell to find food and navigate the world.
Although they’re most famous for spraying people, dogs, and predators, skunks can be beneficial by eating insects and small rodents that cause pest problems for gardens and farms.
Skunks can run at about 10 miles per hour, but they don’t chase people or predators. Typically, they will run away when frightened. Most of the time, though skunks just trundle around looking for food.
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– Anthony Falzone
Posted December 12th 2019
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– Tara Canaan
Posted December 1st 2019
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– Tina Le
Posted December 8th 2019
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