Skunks are shy nocturnal creatures that prefer to avoid contact with human beings. While it is rare for skunks to come into homes, that does not mean it is impossible. Sometimes skunks accidentally wander their way into homes through an open door or window, especially when there is little to no human activity happening at the time.
If you find a skunk in your home, the first thing you should do is call the professionals at Shumaker Animal Control. However, there are several steps you can take to ensure you and your family’s safety prior to our arrival.
Do Not Touch
It is important to remember that skunks do not want to cause harm to humans or other animals, but they can pose a threat. If it feels threatened or cornered in any way, it might spray. Skunk spray is highly sulphuric, which means it can cause a burning sensation on the skin and even temporarily blindness if it comes into contact with eyes.
Humans should also avoid direct contact with skunks to avoid transfer of bacteria or viral infections. Infections can be passed from animal to human through saliva, blood, scratching, or biting. The best way to protect yourself is to avoid touching or chasing the animal.
Open A Door or Window
The skunk found their way in, which means they are more than capable of finding their way out. You can make their escape easier by simply opening a door or window for them.
If the skunk is in a room that conveniently has a door or window that leads outside, be sure to close all the interior doors so the only possible course of action is to go back outside. If the skunk is not in a room without outdoor accessibility, block every other exit and door in the home except for the one that leads outside.
This trick does not work every time, especially if the skunk has found something of interest in the home, but it is a safe and easy tactic to attempt while waiting for the Shumaker team to arrive.
As we mentioned before, skunks are timid creatures and can easily be scared off using audio, visual or scent deterrents.
From a safe distance, wave bright flashing lights to intimate the small creatures into leaving the area. Homeowners can also use loud noises, such as music or alarms, to harness and deter skunks.
Skunks also do not like strong smells, such as ammonia, vinegar, or other common household cleaning products. Place these solutions or chemicals near the area the skunk is in to discourage them from staying.
Have A Skunk Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a skunk problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.