Skunk Removal Ottawa
Skunk Removal Services Ottawa
Signs of Skunks On Your Property in Ottawa
There are two likely scenarios how you will find out that a skunk has taken shelter on your property: you either see the animal or you smell it. Since skunks are nocturnal creatures and can be hard to spot at night, their smell can often be a more reliable indicator.
It is actually hard not to smell a skunk: their spray can cause nausea and vomiting in many people and is often compared to the smell of rotten eggs (fun fact though: approximately 1 in 1,000 people can’t smell butyl mercaptan, which gives the skunk’s spray its distinctive smell). While a skunk typically sprays when it feels threatened, they may also mark some of their territory with it.
Other signs to look out for when you suspect a skunk in or around your home include damage and disorder under and around your deck or porch, as well as holes in your lawn and garden.
Problems Skunks Cause in Ottawa
The most prominent sign of a skunk on your property is also the most noticeable problem: their smell. Their spray can be nauseating for many people and even cause vomiting in some. What makes it even more problematic is that the smell can linger for weeks and sometimes months.
However, there are more severe problems that come with skunks than their smell. For one thing, they dig up your lawn and garden as they root for food. They may also cause damage and disorder under the deck or porch where they seek shelter by ripping off the siding.
Most importantly though, skunks carry bacteria, parasites and diseases that are harmful and sometimes fatal for humans, including tapeworms, ticks, and rabies. It is therefore necessary to call skunk pest control once you realize – most likely: smell – that a skunk has taken shelter on your property.
Overall, having skunks on your property is no fun: from the danger of the diseases they can carry to the carnage they can wreak on your garden, to their unpleasant smell – which is why you should call skunk pest control to get rid of the skunks as soon as possible.
Skunk Removal in Ottawa
Getting rid of skunks that have taken shelter in or around your home can be tricky and labour-intensive. It begins with a careful inspection of the most likely habitats, like decks, porches, or patios. Once the skunk has been detected, one-way doors will be installed so that the skunk cannot re-enter once it leaves.
If the skunk has babies, the process becomes a little more difficult. The skunk exterminator will have to dig into the den and retrieve the babies, placing them into a heated custom reunion box. This will also allow us to lure the mother away from the den. Installing the one-way door will not allow the skunk family to return to their den on your property, so they will look for an alternative home.
Once all skunks have been removed, we turn towards repairing the damage they have caused and cleaning up the area they inhabited. We will also check in after 60 days to make sure our smelly friends have not returned.
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Skunk Control in Ottawa
If you find or suspect a skunk on your property, we highly recommend you do NOT approach it. Not only may the skunk resort to spraying you – a lasting experience – but it may also resort to biting and scratching. Since skunks can carry a variety of diseases, among them rabies, resulting injuries can be potentially fatal.
Instead of trying to get rid of the skunks yourself, please call our skunk control experts at Get Em Out Wildlife Control. With over ten years of experience, we know how to approach and handle skunks properly and remove them from your property permanently. For more information on our service or to receive a free quote, please contact us today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Damage Can Skunks Cause?
Aside from the smell that they leave (and that can linger for quite a while), skunks can also cause some physical damage to your property. They can dig holes in your lawn, build tunnels, and destroy your vegetable garden. They may also damage your porch or deck as they build their den underneath it. Lastly, skunks can also carry parasites and diseases such as ticks, tapeworms, or rabies, which poses a health hazard for you, your family, and your pets. If you need to get rid of skunks, call a skunk exterminator from Get Em Out Wildlife today.
How Can I Prevent Skunks?
To prevent skunks from entering your property, you will need to learn what attracts them in the first place. This can be broken down into three things: shelter, food, and water, all of which they find readily available in neighbourhoods. However, there are steps you can take to make the unwanted visitor less likely to take shelter in or around your home. Make sure that garbage is stored away securely, for example, in a locked garbage can. Keep your yard clean by trimming shrubs and bushes, clearing any debris like branches and rocks, and ensuring that areas underneath porches and decks are not accessible. For more information on how you can prevent skunks, call Get Em Out Wildlife for all your Ottawa pest control needs!
What Are Signs That A Skunk Lives On My Property?
The most prominent sign of a skunk, aside from spotting it, is obviously its smell. However, there are other signs as well you may want to look for. Since they mostly stay under decks and porches, you will notice some signs of disarray and disturbance in those areas. They also dig burrows and tunnels and help themselves to your vegetable garden. If you are unsure whether you may have a skunk on your property, call the skunk control experts at Get Em Out Wildlife.
How Do I Get Rid Of A Skunk’s Smell?
Even after a skunk’s removal, you will likely be able to smell the critter: the smell of their spray can linger quite a bit and unless you are the 1 in 100,000 people who can’t smell it, you will want to get rid of it as fast as possible.
Burning candles and opening windows (with the heat on to have the air rise through the ducts) are two ways of eliminating the smell. If you know the object that has been sprayed, there is also the following mixture that can help eliminate the smell:
– 1-quart hydrogen peroxide
– ¼ cup baking soda
– 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap
Rub the mixture on the affected surface. Make sure to keep it away from eyes, out of reach for children and pets, and do not apply it to surfaces that may come in contact with bleach.
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