Skunk Removal

Seasonal Alert: Low activity pest

During the coldest winter months, many skunks gather and share the same den. Skunks do not hibernate but generally remain inactive during the winter, surviving on their fat reserves. However, they may leave their winter dens for short periods in warmer weather. If you encounter a problem with skunks, please contact Capital Wildlife Control for immediate assistance. We are the animal control experts in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and skunk removal is our specialty.

Getting Rid of Skunks

What Can We Do For You?

The striped skunk is a mammal, which releases a strong smell in self-defense. Not only can this species wreak havoc on your senses, it can also cause serious damages to your house. Even if skunks are not aggressive animals they seem to know their smelling potential and are careful not to spray themselves when they perceive a threat. Skunk should be approached with caution because it is difficult to distinguish those infected by rabies from those what are not. It is preferable to always work with professionals for skunk removal when faced with skunk infestations.

Our wildlife technicians are trained to identify skunks’ entrance points, whom, thanks to their excellent digging capacity, are often under porches, bridges and sheds. The hole’s access is often difficult. Using specific skunk removal techniques, our technicians will slowly get the adult skunks from their hole. Babies are then gently placed in a heating box to be able to move then safely with their mom towards the chosen site.
Capital Wildlife Control’s skunk removal strategy is humane, effective and reliable. Part of our intervention is even devoted to cleaning all the contaminated materials that could present serious risks to health. Our wildlife technician will help you choose the best cleaning strategy depending on the level of contamination. This way, you will be able to get rid of skunks, get back to your home where you and your family will be able to live without worry.

Skunks are known for the horrible smell they produce when they are hurt, scared, or when they mate. The smell can stay on pets and in ventilation systems for weeks or months on end. But these animals can also cause damages to buildings and landscaping.

  • Skunks have a tendency to dig holes, which can weaken porches, bridges and sheds. These nocturnal animals are able to go through wood or coatings.
  • They will generally dig into lawns and gardens to find food. They usually eat insects, worms and trash.
  • Skunk smell can stay on skin, hair and pets for days, weeks, and even months. The smell usually enters by the ventilation system and spreads quickly through the entire building. The chemical product emitted by the skunks is actually fairly common.
  • Skunks infected by rabies can’t be easily distinguished from those who are not. Rabies is usually transmitted from a bite to humans and pets by the saliva. The number of cases where rabies is transmitted by skunks is higher than the ones by raccoons or foxes. We have found skunks infected by rabies all across Canada.
  • Skunk spray can be really harmful and cause nausea and even vomiting. It also contains sulfuric acid that can cause temporary blindness to humans and pets.
  • Skunks are social animals and many families will find themselves together in one site. One nest usually include between 4 and 6 babies.
  • The most efficient method to eliminate skunks is to remove and seal all of the entrances: it will then be necessary to add a trench that will keep the skunks outside.
  • Skunk burrows are often hard to find. Catching or killing the adult isn’t always enough to eliminate the invasion, because babies can still hide in inaccessible zones. Surface holes usually allow us to spot nests, but the damages to lawns and gardens should also be a warning sign.