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With a trademark stripe and pungent spray, it is easy to spot – or smell – a skunk. Striped skunks are common in the Washington, DC area. They are known to venture out of the woods and into backyards, cellars and crawl spaces.
Skunks are nocturnal, and while they may hide during extremely cold weather, are typically active all year long. Skunks feed on crickets, grubs and grasshoppers and have been known to tear up grass as they feed on insects. Skunks also eat small animals like mice and rabbits, as well as food from accessible garbage cans.
If a skunk feels threatened, it will spray its perceived attacker with a foul-smelling odor that can take days to wear off. If you catch the spray in the eyes, it may cause temporary blindness. Skunks are also common carriers of rabies, making them a danger to people and pets.
Due to their nocturnal nature, skunks are primarily spotted at night. You might see one skunk walking through your backyard, or perhaps a group of young skunks following its mother. Other signs of a skunk problem include damaged grass or gardens and rummaged garbage cans.
If you see a skunk during the day, it is likely sick and should not be approached. If you suspect a skunk on your property has rabies, you should call a professional to remove the animal immediately.
Due to the threat of spraying and the potential for spreading rabies, it is best to call in the professionals to get rid of skunks. We will target your skunk problem using humane and environmentally responsible methods. To ensure the skunks do not return, we also use exclusion techniques such as securing garbage cans, pet doors, attics and crawl spaces.