The Eastern Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is common throughout the state of Connecticut. Just about everyone knows the signature smell of a skunk. In Latin, Mephitis mephitis literally means, “bad odor.” Belonging to the mustelid family, which includes weasels, mink, marten, fisher and otter, skunks produce a strong smelling gland liquid and are capable of spraying this liquid up to 15 feet! Nocturnal in nature, skunks feed primarily on insects. Their diets also include small mammals, worms, snails, fruits & nuts, reptiles, various vegetation, amphibians, birds, eggs, etc. Like the raccoon, skunks are highly adaptable to changing environments. Though skunks prefer fields with low vegetation, they are readily able to call both suburban and urban areas home. For shelter skunks are able to burrow but prefer to use natural cavities under rocks, logs, etc. However, decks, porches, sheds, or any other structure a skunk can crawl under or into may be just as inviting, if not more so, than their natural burrows. Skunks are responsible for a large percentage of nuisance wildlife complaints in the state of Connecticut. They often damage gardens and lawns and their presence can bring quite the unpleasant odor to a home.
Skunk mating generally occurs during February and March. With a 62 day gestation period, female skunks will birth their young between late April and early June. During these times of the year, homeowners may become more aware of unwanted skunks around the home or property.
It is not recommended that homeowners attempt to handle skunks on their own. Skunks are not only carriers of the rabies virus, making them a potential health hazard, they will readily spray when they feel threatened, cornered or in danger. There are specific methods used to prevent nuisance skunks from spraying in, on, and around your home. Please leave the removal and control of skunks to trained and licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.
If you have a skunk under your decking, porch or shed. If skunks are damaging your yard or garden. Even if a skunk is trapped in a ground level window well or causing problems anywhere else around your home. Please give PAWS a call at 860-840-3237 We will be happy to remove and control these stinky critters for you.