Skunks are considered by many people to be a disgusting and smelly pest but in reality, skunks are non-aggressive, tidy animals that are beneficial to humans. Skunks are beneficial to us because they control the insect and rodent population. Skunks will only spray if annoyed or if they feel threatened. Skunks often nest under homes, in burrows, under decks, porches and abandoned burrows left by other animals. Skunks are a member of the mink and weasel family. An adult skunk weighs between 4 to 6 pounds and has long black fur with white stripes.Skunks are nocturnal and mostly spend the daylight hours sleeping.
Skunks can accurately spray a target up to 10 feet away and can spray multiple times.
Most skunks burrow under Homes, porches and buildings to gain access to shelter. Once they access a crawlspace they usually damage air ducts and insulation.