Skunks

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.

Skunks

Omnivores

Eats

Skunks are omnivore and will eat just about any vegetable, animal or insect. Skunks will raid chicken houses, animal nests, gardens, lawns,and trash in search of food. General Biology: Skunks mate in March and produce a litter of 4 to 6 babies on average in May of each year. Baby skunks follow there mother around for about a year learning to take care of themselves. Afterwards they will leave there mother to live on their own. Skunks usually only live 2 to 4 years in the wild.

Diseases

Skunks carry a number of diseases including rabies, Leptospirosis, Listeriosis, canine distemper, canine hepatitis, Q-fever, tularemia and trypanosoma.

Young skunk in a batch of tall grass

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.