A skunk weighs from 4-10 pounds and is 24-30 inches long. Skunks are easy to recognize with their distinct black and white coloring. The Striped Skunk has two white bands that run from the head and down each side of the back. They do not form long partnerships, and mate in late February, and young are born in May. A litter may be five or six young. They follow the mother around, and after they are a year old, they depart to live on their own
Skunks are mostly nocturnal, and forage at night for a variety of foods. The are omnivores, eating both plant and meat, but really seem to prefer insects. They sleep during the day, usually in underground dens often dug by other animals. They do not fully hibernate, but activity is very low during the winter. They communicate via scent marking, and males will often discharge during mating season. Skunks are well-known for their defensive tactic, when threatened, they will arch their back, lift the tail, and discharge a highly odorerous liquid from special glands near the anus. This sulphurous compound is not only offensive to the nose, but it can cause temporary blindness in an attacker.
One of the largest concerns is the odor. They live under sheds, porches, decks, etc. They may discharge or scent mark these areas, creating an unpleasant odor. Many people don't like skunks on the property, because of fear of stumbling across one and getting sprayed.
If you or your pet (usually a dog) is sprayed by a skunk, don't bother with the old tomato juice bath, it doesn't help! The best way to get rid of the smell is to combine hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid dish soap, and immediately shampoo the dog (or person) with that. If sprayed in the eyes, flush them with water.
There's also the matter of damage to your home or yard with skunks. They can dig holes causing frustration and can chew wood and wires around your home. If you notice any signs of a skunk... Do not confront the wild skunk, contact Animal Removal.
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