Skunks are very good hunters and despite their stinky defense they are outstanding insectivores – they eat insects. More specifically, they are prime consumers of grubs, worms, centipedes and other organisms that they can find. They will even hunt and eat grasshoppers. The problem with skunks -and there are a few -is that they do a lot of digging and scratching around looking for insects. All that digging damages lawns, flowerbeds, and even gardens. They will also spray pets if threatened and there have been a few Texans who have startled a skunk and gotten the full effect.
Skunks and Civilization
Skunks are one of the animals on a growing list that is evolving to live alongside modern man. They have that lovely little defense which keeps people away and because they are one of the animals that carry rabies, people fear them. Their spray is an irritant so for the most part, dogs leave them alone. Their primary predators are big birds or prey and other mammals such as coyote. For that reason, skunks have very few predators besides vehicles and around the Bryan area, they do quite well.
Human Ways of Handling Skunk Pest Control Issues
Skunks are most active at night, early in the morning, and in the evening. They will happily make a meal out of pet food, eat chickens, and are very opportunistic when it comes to finding food. We do not advice that homeowners trap skunks for two reasons – First, they could be rabid and second, they will spray you. If you have a skunk that is a pest, call us. We have the equipment and expertise to trap and relocate skunks and other larger mammals. We release them in areas where they will not be a pest but can continue to do an outstanding job of hunting and controlling insect populations.
If you have a pest control issue, turn to our professional team. We help control indoor and outdoor pests of all sizes.
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