Skunks are known for being more commonly found in neighborhoods during the Summertime. The weather becomes more enjoyable, more kids are out to play, and families have more barbeques in their backyards. But with an increase in skunk presence, there is also a dramatic increase in skunk spraying. Whether it be your pets or kids, skunks have a higher chance of spraying during the Summer days and nights when in close contact. The stench they produce can be recognized immediately nearby, so it’s best to know why they’re common, why to stay away, and when to contact professional wildlife removal! Take a look at why skunk activity is high in the Summer and contact Baystate Wildlife for skunk removal today!
Summer is an enjoyable season for most because of the warmer weather and increased sunlight. The days feel longer with later sunsets and an increase in brightness during the day. With more daylight comes more skunk invasions. They, too, love the sun and the intense UV grabs their attention to move towards neighborhoods. With these later sunsets, many skunks are found during the nighttime, where they are most active. You are much more likely to see a skunk in the evening during the Summer than in the Fall or Winter. Skunks do not hibernate; instead, they are dormant in their dens during the colder and showy season. They love the warmer days when they can mosey around neighborhoods and backyards.
Summertime is also birthing season for skunks. Throughout the Spring and early Summer, many skunks will be bringing their babies into the world. They are very protective of them during this time and want to find shelter to care for their newborns. They are constantly looking for food for their families and a place to keep them cool and safe. This is why we commonly see more skunks in our backyards or homes, invading with their skunk family. It is crucial to contact wildlife removal for help fast before you risk your pet or family from getting sprayed by these relatively harmless yet stinky pests!
When talking about skunks, it’s crucial to understand their behavior. Skunks are commonly known for spraying and digging, especially during the Summer.
If you can smell it, you know a skunk is near! Everyone knows the stinky stench of a fresh skunk spray. When skunks feel threatened, they release this powerful yet familiar odor from their anal glands. Skunks work hard to protect their family and themselves from predators and people they may feel threatened by. They first stomp on the ground when feeling threatened and then will release that foul spray if still not comfortable with their surroundings. A direct spray by a skunk can be no fun to remove off yourself, kids, or pets! It’s best to avoid playing around skunks in your backyard and to follow proper skunk spray removal remedies at home if sprayed!
Everyone knows skunks are smelly sprayers, but you may not know how much they love to dig! Skunks are giant diggers, and they’re pretty decent at it too. They have long nails and strong feet, making them capable of digging effortlessly and fast! They love to dig at golf courses, lawns, gardens, and anywhere there is dirt! You may find them digging under your shed, deck, or porch, trying to make a den for them and their family. Any area they can get their long nails on is the perfect place for them to do some digging! If you suspect there is a skunk den in your backyard, or see some holes that were dug at, contact a wildlife removal specialist immediately!
Are skunks becoming a nuisance in your neighborhood this Summer? Don’t wait to contact Baystate Wildlife! Our wildlife removal specialists have over 25 years in the wildlife removal industry. We work in areas all over Massachusetts, removing and keeping wildlife out. Contact us at 781-390-4732 or fill out our contact form for skunk removal and prevention today!