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All About Skunks


P.U.! Do you smell that? Smells like a skunk problem.

These pests need no introduction, with their infamous spray liquid causing the noses of countless Canadians to scrunch up in fear of that potent, unpleasant odor.



Scientific Name

Mephitis mephitis

Biology and Skunks Diet

Skunks have elongated bodies with contrasting short, strong legs, and long front claws ideal for digging.

While most skunks are the common white and black combo, some skunks are brown or grey, and a few are cream-coloured. Having said that, all skunks are striped, right from birth.

What do skunks eat: skunks diet is omnivorous, eating any plant or animal material available to them in the season. In residential areas, skunks diet is mainly scavenging through human garbage. They’ll also dig holes in the yards of homes in search of grubs and worms.

They are perhaps best known for their anal scent glands, their primary defensive weapon. You’re probably well aware of this skunk trait – many of our wildlife control inquiries revolve around getting rid of that skunk smell! What do skunks eat to make that nasty smell?It’s made from a mix of sulphurous chemicals called “thiols” or mercaptans.

Skunk Behaviour and Skunks Habitat

Where do skunks live: Skunk behaviour is solitary and they favour darkness, skunks habitats are communal dens in frigid climates. In the daytime, they make burrows with their potent front claws to act as a skunks habitat.

Although they have supreme senses of smell and hearing, skunks have poor vision, unable to see things more than three metres away. This often results in them becoming road kill. A skunk’s life expectancy isn’t long to begin with; lifespans can last up to seven years in the wild, though most live up to one year. Perhaps that’s why skunk behaviour is so rotten!

Getting Rid of Skunks

The second best way to get rid of skunks is Exclusion. This can be accomplished by ensuring there are no holes near your home in which they can create a den. That means installing physical barriers to prevent entry.

To further help in getting rid of skunks, remove any cover they may find suitable: brush, woodpiles, shady vegetation, vehicles on your property, etc. However, the best way to get rid of skunks is to contact Terminix Canada today. We specialize in getting rid of skunks.

Getting rid of skunksis stinky business

Smell that? It’s a skunk problem. Terminix Canada can help keeps skunks away, saving you, your home, and your nose from their distinct odours. We know all about skunks, ranging from questions like "What do they eat?" to "where do skunks live?" Trust us to know the best way to get rid of skunks.

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