SKUNKS

Breeding: 4 TO 8  BABIES PER LITTER THROUGH SPRING AND SUMMER

ACTIVE: EVENING, NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING

DIET: SMALL RODENTS, EGGS, FRUIT, GARBAGE

Skunks are very common in SEAACA service areas. Skunks range from 4lbs to 10 lbs. and are known for being black and white with a bushy tail. The most common Skunk in California is a Striped Skunk, which has two white stripes down the back. Skunks are nocturnal, preferring to eat at night. Skunks diet includes insects, small rodents, eggs, fallen/rotten fruit, pet food, and garbage. Skunks usually live in a den underneath homes, decks, and sheds. Breeding season is during the summer with upwards of 4 to 8 per litter. All skunks have the ability to "Spray" or discharge from two scented anal glands. Skunks have the ability to spray upwards of 10 feet, expelling several times if threatened. Skunks should be avoided by humans and domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock). Skunks are a carrier of rabies in California. Rabies is a viral disease fatal in mammals, including humans and domestic animals. Rabies is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal.

Deterrents:

  1. Do not leave pet food outdoors at night. Store pet food in animal proof containers.
  2. Secure garbage cans and if needed, sprinkle ammonia or pepper on top of the trash can to deter skunks.
  3. Seal up entry holes in and around buildings. Seal up crawl spaces and pick up loose debris and brush on your property.
  4. Keep Pet Access/Doggy Doors locked and closed at night.
  5. Moth balls or ammonia soaked rags may also force skunks into relocation.
  6. Gardens should be scoured and fallen and/or rotten fruit should be picked up.
  7. Skunks are excellent diggers and may try to gain entry by digging under fences, so extend your screening, fencing, or lattice 8 to 10 inches underground.

You should never feed or leave out food for wild animals.