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Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company - Licensed and Insured!

SKUNK removal and TRAPPING page

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC.

A full-service animal wildlife trapping, removal and pest control company - Licensed and Insured!

SKUNK Removal and TRAPPING page

Skunk Trapping And Removal Page

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC., is Licensed and Insured, and provides both residential and commercial Skunk Removal services.

Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services specializes in odor-free skunk removal.

Skunk removal services is a job our wildlife techs love to do. According to the Virginia Department of Health, skunks are the main carrier of rabies in the State of Virginia. For this reason, skunk removal, skunk trapping, and skunk control in Virginia should be left to a professional nuisance animal control company like Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services. Our top-rated wildlife removal technicians provide the best nuisance skunk trapping, removal, exclusion and clean-up in Virginia – including the cities of Richmond and Charlottesville; as well as the counties of Albemarle, Amelia, Goochland, Louisa, Fluvanna, Orange, Powhatan, Henrico and Hanover County, and the cities/towns of Midlothian, Brandermill, Woodlake, Lake Anna, Lake Monticello, Glen Allen, Mechanicsville, Short Pump, Ashland, Mineral, Gordonsville, Earlysville, and Keswick.

The Striped Skunk (Mephitis Mephitis) is the skunk that causes the most problems throughout Virginia, although the Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) is also found in the State. Skunks are members of the weasel family (Mustelidae).

Striped skunks are short, stocky mammals about the size of a domestic house cat. They typically have a triangular-shaped head tapering to a blunt nose, a large bushy tail, and large feet equipped with well-developed claws. Their color pattern is typically characterized by two prominent white stripes down the back in a coat of jet black fur. The amount of white on the back varies tremendously, from just a patch on the head to stripes covering the entire back.

Spotted skunks are about one-half the size of striped skunks and are much more weasel-like. They are readily distinguishable by white spots in front of each ear and on the forehead and four to six broken white stripes on the back. These animals are much more nervous than striped skunks and are better climbers. Spotted Skunks are protected in Virginia.

Skunks are nocturnal, becoming active from sunset to slightly after sunrise. Female skunks are not great travelers, whereas male skunks may travel up to four or five miles a night during breeding season. Skunk home ranges normally vary from one to one and a half miles in diameter.

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Skunks mate in February and the young are born in May and June. Usually five to nine young kits are born in a litter, but there can be as many as 18 or as few as two. Young skunks are weaned when they are about two months old. Families break up during August and September when the young leave to find their own homes.

Skunks become a problem when they dig under foundations; take up residence under a house, porch, or building; dig in lawns, golf courses, and gardens for insect larvae or roots; disturb refuse and garbage cans; or kill and eat poultry eggs or fowl. Skunk diggings normally appear as 3- to 4-inch cone-shaped holes or patches of upturned earth. Be cautious, as many other animals, including domestic dogs, also dig in lawns. Skunks can also damage beehives as they feed on adult and larval bees. Another problem that Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services sometimes encounters is when a skunk inadvertently falls into an open window well.

Skunks are prone to distemper and rabies and therefore can pose a health risk to the community. If you notice a skunk acting strangely (aggressive or nervous, wandering in the daytime, or tame and listless), do not approach it. Parents should warn children never to approach or pet a skunk or any other wild animal.

Description of Damage

Skunks become a nuisance when their burrowing and feeding habits conflict with humans. They may burrow under porches or buildings by entering foundation openings. Garbage or refuse left outdoors may be disturbed by skunks. Skunks may damage beehives by attempting to feed on bees. Occasionally, they feed on corn, eating only the lower ears. If the cornstalk is knocked over, however, raccoons are more likely the cause of damage. Damage to the upper ears of corn is indicative of birds, deer, or squirrels. Skunks dig holes in lawns, golf courses, and gardens to search for insect grubs found in the soil. Digging normally appears as small, 3- to 4-inch (7- to 10-cm) cone-shaped holes or patches of upturned earth. Several other animals, including domestic dogs, also dig in lawns.

Skunks occasionally kill poultry and eat eggs. They normally do not climb fences to get to poultry. By contrast, rats, weasels, mink, and raccoons regularly climb fences. If skunks gain access, they will normally feed on the eggs and occasionally kill one or two fowl. Eggs usually are opened on one end with the edges crushed inward. Weasels, mink, dogs and raccoons usually kill several chickens or ducks at a time. Dogs will often severely mutilate poultry. Tracks may be used to identify the animal causing damage. Both the hind and forefeet of skunks have five toes. In some cases, the fifth toe may not be obvious. Claw marks are usually visible, but the heels of the forefeet normally are not. The hindfeet tracks are approximately 2 1/2 inches long (6.3 cm). Skunk droppings can often be identified by the undigested insect parts they contain. Droppings are 1/4 to 1/2 inch (6 to 13 mm) in diameter and 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) long.

Odor is not always a reliable indicator of the presence or absence of skunks. Sometimes dogs, cats, or other animals that have been sprayed by skunks move under houses and make owners mistakenly think skunks are present. (Source: James E. Knight, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Animal and Range Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT)

Health Concerns

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Animals most often infected include raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. The virus is present in the saliva and nervous tissue of a rabid animal. Be particularly wary of animals that act strangely, especially those that are unusually tame, aggressive, or appear to be paralyzed. Be suspicious of daytime activity of skunks, which are usually most active at night.

Wild animals as well as cats, dogs, ferrets, and livestock may contract rabies. Thus it is important to have all dogs and cats regularly vaccinated for rabies. If your pet has been in a fight with another animal, wear gloves to handle it. Isolate it from other animals and people, and telephone your local health department or animal control officer for instructions.

If you or someone you know is bitten or scratched by a skunk, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. Rabies post-exposure vaccinations may be necessary. Consult with your local health department or physician for additional information. (Source: Kristi L. Sullivan and Paul D. Curtis, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Wildlife Damage Management Program)


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Keeping Skunks Out of The Property

When it comes to wildlife that is not wanted around the home, most people would probably place skunks near the top of their lists. Visit to learn about humane guide on skunk removal. Skunks are nocturnal mammals that are usually characterized by their black and white fur, strong feet for digging, and their notorious spray that leaves a lasting, putrid smell. Here are some good tips that you can follow to ensure that your yard stays free from the presence of skunks. 

Cover up food

One of the primary culprits when it comes to attracting a skunk is food that has been left out and uncovered. Like other wildlife, skunks usually make their way onto a property in order to scavenge for something to eat. For example, if you have a pet such as a cat or dog, it is a good idea to keep any of their food covered or kept safe inside the home. Similar to this, trash or compost bins that are left open can become victims to skunks. Any source of food that is outside your home in your yard should be properly concealed so as to prevent this issue

Watch the garden

Similar to covering up food, if you have a garden on your property it is a good idea to create a barrier that can protect your plants from a skunk. Although skunks are able to dig, fences can be built into the ground (the posts should be buried at least a foot below the surface) to prevent any access from these animals. Placing chili or cayenne pepper among the perimeter of the fence can also have this same effect. 

Lights and noises

Due to their nature as nocturnal animals, skunks are naturally repelled by bright lights and noises that exist wherever they are active at night. Devices such as flood lights or motion sensors that emit noises can be placed in different spots around your property to strategically scare the skunks away and ensure that they are not comfortable in your yard. 

Smell tactics

Another great way to prevent skunks from becoming a regular occurrence on your property is by using smell tactics. Despite the fact that it may seem ironic, skunks can be easily turned away by harsh smells. This can be used to your advantage by placing items such as ammonia soaked mothballs or rags in places where the skunks may be hiding out. The downside to this strategy is that it is ultimately a short term solution. The effectiveness will die down as the chemical smell decreases in strength which means it will need to be reapplied over time. 

Hire a pest control company

By far the most effective way to prevent skunks from entering your property or to remove existing ones is by hiring a professional wildlife control and removal company. Experts such as those at Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, LLC can use their specialized skills and equipment to implement preventative measures that efficiently target this issue. With this solution, you will not have to worry about the skunks becoming a recurring problem that continues to have to be solved. 

Questions & Answers Concerning Skunks


How To Get Rid of Skunk – Tips and steps for getting rid of skunks.
How To Trap a Skunk – Methods for catching skunk in cage traps.
How to Kill a Skunk – Does poison work to kill skunk? Is killing skunk the best approach?
Skunk Feces – Pictures of skunk poop and info about danger, and diseases from skunk droppings.
Skunk Prevention – Preventative methods for how to keep skunk away from your property.
Skunk Repellent – Analysis of various skunk deterrents and repellent products.
What Bait Catches Skunk – What kind of food do you put in a trap to catch a skunk?
Skunk Under a Shed or Deck – Sometimes skunk will dig under or live under a shed or deck.
Diseases from Skunk – Analysis of what kinds of diseases skunk can carry and cause in humans.
Why do skunks spray? – Learn about this defense mechanism.
Do baby or juvenile skunks spray? – Yes they do!
About skunks – Biology, diet, etc.
Do skunks attack pets? – Sure! They spray them!
Should I feed a baby skunk I found?
Baby skunk removal – A nest of babies under the shed.
Do skunks burrow underground? – They dig, but don’t burrow.
Do skunks attack chickens? – Rarely.
City/County Skunk Removal? Not Likely. – The county won’t help for free.
Do skunks climb trees or fences? – They can’t really climb well.
Damage Skunks Cause under a House – Odor problems, mostly.
Do skunks come out during the day? – Sometimes. May not be rabid.
Is it legal for me to trap a skunk?
What if a skunk got inside my house?
What are some humane ways to kill a skunk in a cage?
Is it safe to handle a skunk with bare hands?
How to keep Skunks out of the Garden
Do skunks fight each other?
Is skunk feces dangerous to touch or breathe?
How to Exclude Skunks without Trapping Them
What should I do with a skunk after I catch it?
What equipment is needed to trap a skunk?
Diseases Skunks Carry
Why do Skunks Dig?
Skunks’ Diet and how they get it
How to Find and Remove a Dead Skunk
Will a skunk under a shed or porch have a nest of babies?
Do skunks fight each other?
Sick Skunk Symptoms
Do skunks shed their fur?
Do skunks run out of spray?
How to get skunks out from under a shed or porch
What do wildlife rehabilitators do with skunks
Do all skunks have rabies?
Is a skunk that is active during the daytime rabid?
How to Protect Yourself from a Spraying Skunk
How do you know if you have a skunk under your shed or porch?
Should I ever poison a skunk?
Do skunks make good pets?
Will a Pest Control Company Remove a Skunk?
What should I do if I find an orphaned baby skunk?
What should I do if I find a nest of baby skunks?
Should I Remove Skunks Myself?
Do mothballs or ammonia help repel skunks?
Skunk Mating Habits
Where do Skunks Live?



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