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Skunk Control and Removal

Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Behavior:

Striped Skunk Control and Removal - Mephitis mephitis The skunk commonly found in Michigan is the striped skunk. Skunks are nocturnal. They do not hibernate but may sleep through cold weather periods. They usually live in underground burrows, hollow logs, or rock piles. They become pests when they change their dietary selections from rodents, insects, and wild fruit to garden crops, garbage, and lawn insects, and locate their habitat closer to humans.

Activity:

They often decide to live under houses, decks, sheds, cabins, or storage buildings. Of course, the main problem with skunks is their offensive odor.

Dangers:

  • Another major problem in some areas of the country is the transmission of rabies.

Removal and Prevention:

Trapping is the most effective method for removing skunks from an area. Throughout the trapping process, place newspaper in suspected holes. When the paper stop moving for two days, it is safe to suspect that all the skunks have been removed and rat walls are recommended to be installed to prevent any further activity.