Why do skunks live near my house?

When skunks approach urbanized areas, they generally seek four things: shelter, food, calm and protection. The female in particular will look for a place to dig a den and give birth to her babies towards the end of May. Skunks are excellent mothers and look after their babies until they become independent, around June or July.

If a skunk lives near you, always assume that it is a mother and her babies. Removing the mother is not enough, because she will do everything to return to her babies. Also keep in mind that the skunk will prefer to move its babies if its den becomes inhospitable rather than abandon them. We have several tips to help you get rid of a skunk.

What to do and not to do

The best way to encourage a skunk to leave your home is to make its environment unpleasant, making it bright, noisy and unsafe.

Above all, keep in mind that there are many humane ways to get an animal to leave your home. So do not set traps or unidirectional doors, as the mother would not be able to return to her babies who would die because of lack of care.

Our technicians at Capital Wildlife Control can help you if you suspect that a skunk has entered your home. Rest assured that we will do everything humanly possible to encourage your unwanted guests to leave your home.