Professional Skunk Removal and Control
If you have a skunk problem in Fort Collins, First Choice Wildlife Services can help trap and remove the animal to keep you and your family safe from skunk spray or even attacks. We also specialize in preventing future issues by sealing possible entry points and removing food sources.
We cover a wide range of cities across Colorado – including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Boulder, Longmont, and Denver. As one of the most highly experienced wildlife control services in Colorado, we’re your local skunk removal experts. Contact us today at 970-460-4044.
Skunks are very common in the Front Range area including Greeley and Boulder, Colorado in addition to other surrounding areas. First Choice Wildlife Services will catch and remove skunks, ensuring that your family and pets are safe from skunk attacks and sprays. We will work to eliminate any future issues by addressing areas of entry and skunk living spaces. Skunks can carry rabies and other diseases, not to mention their permeating odor.
Skunks are found all across the United States, along with southern Canada and the northern parts of Mexico. Here in Colorado, the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is the most common. And it is found all across the front range, including Fort Collins, Greeley, and Loveland.
Skunks, like many pest animals, are widely adaptable and have no problem living in more populated areas that other animals avoid. And of course, their notorious smell means that you often know when one has moved into your neighborhood. Beyond just their smell, skunks can be quite a nuisance – getting into trash, damaging gardens, raiding chicken coops, and digging holes.
Skunk Prevention Tips
As with most pest animals, there is no easy solution for preventing skunks from making a home on your property. But there are things you can do to limit the possibility of a skunk moving onto your Fort Collins property:
- Block Access: Most skunks are looking for a place that mimics their natural habitat. You can prevent skunks by blocking access to common sleeping places, such as under decks/porches, under sheds, and in your crawl space.
- Remove Food: Because skunks are nocturnal scavengers, they spend their nights looking for food sources. Store trash and pet food in a secure container, secure chicken coops, and fence off your garden to prevent providing an attractive food source to skunks.
But even if you’ve taken these precautions, there is no way to guarantee you’ll stay skunk free. There is no spray or treatment that can be used to drive off skunks, so if one moves onto your property, it might be time to call a professional.
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Dealing with Skunk Spray
Skunks are likely to spray when they are cornered or threatened – and the lingering smell from the skunk can last for days. Dogs are the most common recipient of a skunk’s spray, but they won’t hesitate to spray a human that gets in their way either. Before a skunk uses its spray, it will give several warning signs that should allow you to get out of its path. The skunk will stomp its feet, begin shuffling away, and arch its back – if you see these signs, it means the skunk is preparing to release its infamous spray.
You’ve probably heard all sorts of folk remedies for dealing with the odor (like bathing in tomato juice), but there is a proven and simple method. If you or a pet gets sprayed, you can create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid dish soap that will remove most of the odor. Here’s the recipe:
- 1-quart hydrogen peroxide
- ¼ cup baking soda
- Roughly 1 teaspoon of dish soap
Mix the ingredients together and use it as a shampoo or body wash as quickly as possible. Let the mixture soak for around five minutes and then rinse with clean water.
Dealing with Skunks in Fort Collins
A skunk moving into your property can be a difficult problem to deal with. In the wild, a skunk will typically make its home in a hollow log, abandoned animal hole, or another protected area. But when they move into a populated area like Fort Collins, they often seek shelter under a porch, shed, or other structure.
When a skunk moves into a cozy spot beneath your deck, they can be difficult to remove. This is primarily because of the ability to produce their notorious sulfur spray from specialized anal glands. But that’s not all, skunks can cause other damage to your property. As an omnivorous scavenger, skunks will help themselves to any available food – including trash, pet food, chicken eggs, and garden crops.
Also, as a skunk looks for a place to live, they occasionally get stuck in basement window wells or even find a way into your crawl space. Removing a stuck skunk is a delicate (and often smelly) process.