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Seeing Black & White in Baltimore County: Skunk Prevention Tips

Skunk on porch in backyard

Skunks are not picky about where they find a space to sleep – they can be found in urban, suburban, and rural areas, from tall wood piles to railroad tracks.

Red, orange, and yellow may not be the only colors you see this fall – you may also see some black and white. Skunk sightings tend to increase in the fall, as the species begins to look for food in preparation for winter. Don’t let skunks become a problem in your neighborhood – read on to find out how you can prevent a potentially stinky situation.

Where Do They Like to Den Up?

Skunks are burrowing creatures who prefer dark, cave-like structures to den up in. If given the chance, a skunk will burrow under sheds, decks, crawlspaces and woodpiles to create a cozy home for themselves. Additionally, skunks are not picky about where they find a space to sleep – they can be found in urban, suburban, and rural areas, from tall wood piles to railroad tracks.

How Do You Stop Them?

The simplest way to prevent a skunk invasion is to not give them anywhere to create a den. Makre sure to check your home for possible burrowing places – open crawlspaces, the underside of porches, any openings into your shed or garage. Cover all the possible entrances with wire mesh, sheet metal, or concrete. Consider installing a fence, burying the fence posts at least 1.5 to 2 feet deep, to prevent skunks from burrowing back into your yard.

Just like with raccoons or opossums, keep your garbage cans tightly sealed. Consider investing in animal-proof garbage cans if you are in an area which frequently sees scavenging pests. If you have an outside dog or cat, consider feeding them inside the garage. Don’t leave any pet food outside, as it can been a source of food for all sorts of pets including skunks, raccoons, and opossums.

If you’ve already found yourself with a skunk invasion, call a professional – they will have the equipment and protection necessary to handle your situation with minimal stink and fuss.

Need a hand with a stinky situation? Call Shumaker Animal Control.

Shumaker Animal Control is a twenty-five year veteran of the animal control profession and knows how to detect and properly remove all sorts of animals from your Maryland property. We can also fill any burrows made by groundhogs to keep them out and guarantee against them chewing back through it. Foxes, squirrels, raccoons, mice, and bats can also be dealt with easily.

If you think you have a rabid animal on your property please call immediately. This animal could pose a serious danger to your family and your pets.

If you have any questions about animal removal, contact Shumaker Animal Control by calling (443) 854-8072 or click here today!

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