Unlike most animals which use camouflage, skunks have bold black and white colors. This however doesn’t make them an easy target. Most predators know the dangers of getting sprayed by a skunk including temporary blindness and overwhelming scent. These animals can spray up to 15 feet although their accurate range is about 7 feet.
Skunks under the deck are an obvious concern for all home owners and pets. The best way to get rid of skunks in this case is using a one-way door to evict the skunks humanely.
The first step is to dig a trench around the perimeter of the deck at least 2 feet deep. Install galvanized steel mesh around the perimeter leaving only one possible entry/exit point.
Next, install a one-way door on the entry point. The device looks a lot like a skunk trap except it is open on the other end to let the skunk out. The door only swings outward letting the skunk out of its den but doesn’t budge from the opposite side ensuring that the skunks stay out.
Remove the one-way door after you are sure that activity has stopped, and seal the hole with galvanized steel mesh. This procedure should guarantee that skunks and other wildlife don’t get access to your deck in future.
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Humane eviction sounds simple but there are many variables that determine a successful eviction.
First, you need to make sure that there are no kits (baby skunks) in the nest before you install the one-way door. Evicting the mother and sealing off the nest certainly means the kits starve to death. This is inhumane and rotting corpses will add to your list of problems.
There is always the risk of getting sprayed while you attempt the eviction. Rabid skunks are also fairly common and will attack if they feel threatened. These animals carry rabies among other diseases.
There are additional measures to take for a successful skunk removal in Toronto including cleaning the nest to remove the odor, removing food sources, reinforcing other structures and more. Only an expert can guarantee that the eviction is done humanely and permanently.
Trapping isn’t a good alternative either. You might get sprayed, scratched or bitten by a rabid skunk while handling the cage. Keep in mind that it is illegal to transport wildlife for more than a kilometer without a permit. Additionally, you might trap a mother skunk leaving the defenseless babies to die.
Hire a wildlife control company that offers a warranty for the job. Call Wildlife Shied: 647-560-3988 for wildlife control Toronto services.