Skunk Removal in Houston, TX
Skunks raid garbage cans, damage beehives, eat bird eggs and dig holes in lawns for worms, grubs, and insects.
These stinky creatures often live under dwellings (e.g. porches, crawl spaces, sheds) and cause objectionable odors. We recommend installing hardware cloth for rat-walls and sealing entry holes. An electric fence may be used for site-specific exclusion around decks and porches. Cleaning up wood piles, brush, and food sources will limit habitat and reduce the attraction to the property.
Biology and Habits
Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) are nocturnal (active at night), approximately 2' long, and weigh 6-8 lbs. They are slow, deliberate, and confident they can defend themselves. Skunks discharge musk from the anal gland, are capable of firing several shots and can spray 10 - 15 feet with accuracy. Before spraying, they usually give a warning by stomping their feet. Skunks are omnivorous - eating both plant and animal foods. They prefer insects in the summer, and mice in the winter. The main predator of the skunk is the Great Horned Owl, which apparently has a poor sense of smell! They breed in February/March with a 7 - 10-week gestation and usually have one litter per year. There are 4 - 6 young that stay with the female until fall. Skunks nest in ground burrows and crawl spaces. Skunks in the northern U.S. are inactive for 4 - 8 weeks during the coldest part of the winter.
Trapping techniques include covered cage traps for live-trapping, using cat-food, fish, or chicken for bait. Live-trapping is the preferred method for controlling skunks because lethal control will usually result in the release of scent. While skunks are generally mild-tempered, loud noises or quick and aggressive actions should be avoided. Keep pets and children from exciting or tormenting the caged animal. Traps are set over or near the entrance to the den. Typical entries are under porches, sheds, and crawl spaces.
Skunk Spray Remedy
Here is a recipe you can make at home, which is very effective against skunk odors. Apply the mixture directly to the sprayed surface. DO NOT store the mixture in plastic bottles.
A hydrogen peroxide/baking soda recipe;
- 1-quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/4 cup of Baking Soda
- Wash while it is bubbling and rinse off with tap water.