Skunk Removal Services in Michigan
Professional live trapping for skunk control and repairs
Professional skunk trapping services for removal, control, and prevention to keep your home, business or office safe from skunk spray. Skunks can cause damage not only to structures and landscape but the possibility of your cat or dog getting sprayed by a skunk can cause a real nuisance problem. Call Drivin’ Me Batty to safely remove skunks from your property without spraying and without the hassle of handling them yourself. Skunk removal is a delicate process that involves caution and proper technique to ensure they stay calm and refrain from spraying.
Skunks emit a noxious odor from anal scent glands as their primary means of defense. All carnivores have anal scent glands, but they are extremely well developed in skunks. The glands are located at the base of the tail just inside the rectum. The chemical compositions involved in odor are different among skunk species, but contain various thiols (sulfur compounds) and thioacetates.
Each gland has a papillae associated with it and skunks can aim and direct the spray with highly coordinated muscle control. When a skunk is being chased by a predator, but cannot see the predator, the spray is emitted as an atomized cloud that the predator must run through. This is usually enough to deter most predators. When the skunk has a target to focus on the spray is emitted as a stream directed at the predator’s face.
Skunks are capable diggers. Hog-nosed skunks are quite adept at it and have powerfully built upper bodies. This powerful upper body strength allows them to climb up rough terrain. Spotted skunks are the most agile. They can climb both up and down trees almost squirrel-like. Striped skunks can climb, but as they get older they tend to become bottom heavy and lack the agility of spotted skunks.
Striped skunks are omnivorous. They feast on bugs, small mammals and birds, eggs of both birds and reptiles, as well as a variety of vegetable matter. Spotted skunks are the more carnivorous of the skunks and feed on rodent pests. They too will eat bugs and vegetable matter given the opportunity. Hog-nosed skunks and stink badgers are built to root for bugs and grubs in the soil. They have elongated noses (hog-nosed skunks have a long naked nose patch) for this task. Like the other skunks, they too rely on a variety of foods.
Skunks usually have from 2 to 12 offspring (striped skunks are the more prolific). Kits are born around the end of April through early June, possibly earlier for stink badgers. Breeding usually occurs in February and March. Striped skunks may have a short period of delayed implantation if they breed early. Western spotted skunks breed in September and have a longer period of delayed implantation (about 150 days). Skunks usually remain solitary except during breeding season, though in colder climates groups of females may den together. After mating, the male is driven off and females raise their young independently.