Making More Than a Stink: Skunks' Many Problems in Virginia


Eddie Connor

January 1, 2018


Whether it's the common striped variety of cartoon fame or its rarer, lesser-known spotted relative, the skunk can be found throughout the commonwealth of Virginia. This member of the weasel family has beneficial behaviors, but it also poses hazards to your health and property. Connor's Pest Control explains why pest and rodent control services are essential to protecting your home or business from skunks and other pests.

Odor: A Skunk's Natural Defense

Anyone who's ever tried getting a dog odor-free after being sprayed by a skunk knows their natural predator repellent is powerful. If you witness a skunk raising its tail, run. Two glands will soon secrete a liquid that, besides smelling incredibly bad, can cause intense pain and even temporarily blindness if it makes contact with the eyes. The skunk can spray multiple times at a range of up to 20 feet, and its scent can linger anywhere from hours to months.

Other Skunk Dangers

Odor isn't the only thing to worry about when it comes to the skunk. The animal also carries leptospirosis and distemper, and trails only the raccoon in terms of reported rabies cases in the United States. The following are signs of rabies:

  • Paralysis
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty moving
  • Lack of coordination
  • Extreme friendliness

Regardless of whether you think a skunk has rabies, never handle it directly. Leave the vicinity and report it immediately to your local animal control department.

Protect Your Property

Skunks also cause property damage to Virginia homes and businesses. They gouge out divots and destroy gardens in search of food, so controlling grubs is a smart defense. Store trash in containers with tight-fitting lids to avoid having your garbage strewn everywhere. If you suspect a skunk has been entering structures on your property, scatter a bit of flour in the area and follow its footprints to the point of entry.

Get Help from the Skunk Experts

Connor's Pest Control helps safeguard Virginia homes and businesses from pesky and potentially dangerous skunks. From effective rodent control to skunk exclusion measures, we'll work with you to create a long-term strategy for keeping your property skunk-free all year round. Contact us today to eliminate a current skunk infestation and prevent future occurrences.