Skunk Removal Services In Southern California Since 1994
Skunk Control in LA, Orange Co. & San Diego
The two types of skunks found in southern California are the Striped skunk and the Spotted skunk. Skunks spray a foul-smelling fluid from two glands near the base of their tail. Newborn skunks can spray when they are eight days old, long before they develop the ability to aim, a skill they learn after opening their eyes at about a month old. The most common skunk in southern California is the striped skunk. The striped skunk is the larger of the two and has a 13 to 18 inch body with a 7 to 10 inch tail. The obvious marking is the long white strip that runs from the forehead to the end of the tail. The white strip can vary greatly in width and length. Skunks rarely dig burrows and prefer to seek out existing holes they can call their own. Skunks will burrow if they see a prime location under decks, hot tubs, houses, sheds and other structures.
After a new den has been established, skunks search for sources of food. Skunks dig small, funnel shaped holes gardens and lawns in search of grubs, insects and worms. When normal sources of food aren’t present, skunks eat fruit, vegetables, trash, pet food containers and have been known to attack bee hives, chickens and rabbits.
Threatened skunks will always try to run away. If they cannot get away, the skunk will arch its back, raise its tail and sometimes stomp its feet. If they have no other option, skunks will spray a strong odorous liquid. Skunks have senses of smell and hearing but can only see up to 10 feet away.
Skunk Removal & Exclusion
Griffin Pest Management offers removal and trapping services for skunks. Our traps are specially designed to prevent skunks from being able to lift their tails, which stops them from spraying. The trap will be bated with grubs or carrion that will attract the skunk, then the Griffin service technician can safely removes the skunk from your property once the trap close behind the skunk. We also offer exclusion and repair work, if skunks have caused damage to your home or business. For the best results, we recommend beginning a preventative maintenance program to prevent skunks from returning. We offer bi-monthly and quarterly services, as well as one-time services. For more information about skunk removal, please call us today.
What To Do If Sprayed By A Skunk
Combine These Ingredients
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of a dish soap
- 2 pints of hydrogen peroxide
Curious pets and children are often sprayed by skunks. If you or your pet is sprayed, immediately wash the affected area and throw away the contaminated clothing. Do not attempt to wash the sprayed clothing in your washing machine!
For large pets, double the amounts of these 3 ingredients. Wash your pet outside, shampooing your pets hair thoroughly with the mixture. The mixture will fizz as it baking soda and peroxide are combined. If possible, avoid getting any of this mixture in your pet's eyes or on its nose. Please note, you may need to reapply this mixture multiple times depending on the severity of the skunk odor.
Quick Facts About Skunks
The white striped skunk feeds on snails, insect’s, berries, mice and rats. Typically skunks dig up lawns and flowerbeds to find grubs and insects. They are an animal that looks for a convenient house which range from tree stumps, piles of rocks to abandoned building. The female may den with several other females but males are always solitary. The white striped skunk likes to live close to a water source. They are nocturnal and are usually the ones found along the roadside with that strong detectable odor. The odor under the right conditions can travel up to a mile. Skunks burrow near sources of food and water. They feed on grubs, insects and pet food. A newborn skunk can spray as early as eight days old, but they don’t learn to aim until after they open their eyes, around the one month mark. Skunks have great hearing ability, but they’re vision is poor. Skunks can only see up to 10-12 feet away, which makes them susceptible to cars.
Skunks prefer to burrow in secure areas like under decks and houses, in sheds or crawl spaces. They usually seek out existing holes at soil level to be close to their source of food. Be sure to close off any area the skunk can use as a den, do not leave pet food outside and make sure your side yard gates no more than an inch off the ground. Skunks eat grubs and insects that thrive in moist conditions. Reducing the amount of moisture on your property will tend to limit your exposure to skunks.
If a skunk feels threatened, it will try to flee first. If it is cornered or trapped it will spray an odorous, greasy liquid on the “predator”. If you encounter a skunk always run horizontal or 90 degrees away from the rear of the Skunk. The defensive mechanism for a skunk is to release a sticky mucus from under its tail that can travel as much as 50 feet. Once sprayed by a skunk, pets may retain the odor for up to one month. It is important to note, DO NOT put contaminated clothing into the washing machine. It may ruin the equipment permanently. If pets or children are sprayed by a skunk, don’t panic. Combine 1/4 cup of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of a dish soap and 2 pints of hydrogen peroxide. If you have a very large pet, simply double the amounts of these three ingredients. Wash your pet outside, shampooing your pets hair thoroughly with the mixture. The mixture will fizz as baking soda and peroxide are combined. If possible, avoid getting any of this mixture in your pet's eyes or on its nose. Please note, you may need to reapply this mixture multiple times depending on the severity of the skunk odor.
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Griffin Pest Management has done my pest control going on 10 years. The are prompt, reliable, knowledgable, and extremely courteous. I'm very impressed with their service, don't have critters running around my yard, and would highly recommend them for anyone's pest control needs!
- Geri N.
I am very pleased and happy with the great work done by the Griffin technician. He is very polite and does a great job in keeping bugs & critters away from my home.
- Ruth S.
Great service. Brittany was courteous and helpful when we called. She set up an appointment and the Joe was there on time. He did a great job helping us with critter issues. Great job. Thanks to Brittany and Joe.
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