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Skunk Trapping and Removal Services in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Skunk Trapping and Removal

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Skunks are fascinating creatures that are known for their distinctive black and white appearance and potent odor. While they may seem cute and harmless from afar, skunks spray an odor that - to most people - smells terrible. In many cases, trapping and physically relocating the skunk(s) is necessary to prevent the animals from continually terrorizing your home.

Live skunk trapping is a specialized service that involves safely and humanely capturing skunks and relocating them to a more suitable habitat. While it is not that difficult to catch skunks in a skunk trap with bait inside, having a trapped skunk on your property with no plan on what to do next is a problem many of our customers that try DIY skunk removal do not consider until it is too late. The relocation process requires expertise and experience to ensure that the skunks are not harmed in the process and that the surrounding environment is minimally impacted in the process. Most wildlife removal professionals have the necessary equipment, knowledge, and, most importantly, the willingness (!) to handle these situations safely and effectively.

If you are experiencing issues with skunks on your property, it is important to address them promptly to prevent further damage and potential health risks. It is common sense, but one adult skunk can quickly turn into a family of young skunks, which are much more willy nilly with their spraying than their parents. By working with a reputable skunk trapping and removal service, you can ensure that the situation is handled professionally and with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Skunk Trapping & Removal Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

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Skunk Trapping

Skunks can be a nuisance when they invade your property, and trapping them is often the best solution. However, it is essential to approach trapping with caution, as they can spray a pungent odor when they feel threatened.

How to Trap a Skunk

When trapping a skunk, it is crucial to follow these steps to avoid getting sprayed:

  1. Choose the right trap: Live traps come in different sizes, but it is advisable to use a trap that is at least 10x12x32 inches. The trap should be sturdy enough to withstand the weight of the skunk and have a secure locking mechanism. While a covered trap is preferable for some since it helps protect from getting sprayed, we prefer open, caged traps at Critter Stop so we can see and know for certain if an animal is trapped or not.
  2. Bait the trap: Skunks are omnivores, and they can be attracted to a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, and meat. Some popular baits include canned cat food, peanut butter, and sardines. Place the bait at the back of the trap to ensure that the skunk steps on the trigger plate.
  3. Set the live trap: Set the trap in an area where skunks are known to frequent, such as near a den or a garbage bin. Ensure that the trap is level and stable to prevent it from tipping over.
  4. Check the trap regularly: Skunks can become stressed and dehydrated if left in the trap for an extended period. Check the trap every few hours and release the skunk as soon as possible.
  5. Release the skunk: Wear protective clothing and gloves when releasing the skunk. Approach the trap slowly and calmly, and avoid making sudden movements. Open the trap door from a distance and let the skunk exit on its own.

Skunk trapping can be a challenging task, and it is advisable to seek professional help if you are unsure. Remember to always follow local regulations and laws.

If you have a trapped skunk and do not want to relocate it yourself, or otherwise need emergency removal services and live in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex, Critter Stop can help.

Skunk Removal

When it comes to skunk removal, it's important to proceed with caution. Skunks are known for their potent spray, which can cause a lot of discomfort and even temporary blindness. That's why it's best to leave skunk removal to the professionals.

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to skunk removal. First, it's important to identify the source of the problem. Is there a skunk living under your porch or deck? Are they getting into your garbage cans? Once you know where the skunks are coming from, you can take steps to prevent them from coming back.

One effective method for skunk removal is live trapping. This involves setting up a trap that will safely capture the skunk without harming it. Once the skunk is caught, it can be released in a safe location away from your property.

It's important to note that live trapping skunks can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. Skunks can be unpredictable and may spray if they feel threatened - this threat becomes accentuated when a mother has baby skunks nearby that she is protecting. That's why it's best to hire a professional skunk removal service to handle the job.

Skunk Removal Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

In addition to live trapping, there are other methods for skunk removal. These include using repellents and exclusion techniques. A skunk removal professional can assess your situation and recommend the best course of action for your specific needs.

Overall, skunk removal should be done with care and caution. Hiring a professional is the safest and most effective way to handle a skunk problem on your property. Homeowners who live in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex have the luxury of calling Critter Stop, which can help them with all of their skunk removal needs.

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Skunk trapping and removal can be a tricky process, and many people have questions about how it works. Here are some frequently asked questions about skunk trapping and removal:

A: Skunks are nocturnal creatures, so you may not see them during the day. However, there are some signs that you may have a skunk problem, including:

  • A strong, unpleasant odor around your property
  • Digging in your lawn or garden
  • Scratching or digging noises at night
  • Turned over trash cans
  • Skunk sightings around your property

Skunk trapping can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. While you can get rid of a number of skunks with nothing more than a live trap with bait inside - the question is the amount of damage and inconvenience you will cause yourself in the process! Skunk's stinky spray, which they use as a defense mechanism, can last months in clothing! Worse yet, it can cause serious damage if it gets in your eye.

If you notice a skunk den, see skunk tracks, or suspect they are in your crawl spaces, it is recommended that you hire a professional skunk trapper to handle the trapping and removal process.

Skunk Trapping Service

Generally speaking, skunks are not as aggressive as many animals. They have sharp claws and teeth, but they would rather spray you from a distance. If you leave skunks alone, they will usually do the same. Skunk damage usually only manifests itself through your sense of smell.The one exception to this is a skunk with rabies. Skunks are one of the most common carriers of rabies in the U.S. For Texas homeowners, the Texas Department of State Health Services provides rabies testing for skunks.

A: Professional skunk trappers will typically release the skunks in a safe, remote location far from your property. This ensures that the skunks won't return to your property and cause further problems.

Skunk removal services use a variety of humane traps and removal methods, including cage traps and exclusion devices. Once the skunk is trapped, it is safely removed from the property and relocated to a more suitable habitat.

Unfortunately, unless your local animal control officer is uniquely generous or has an affinity for skunks, your local animal control will not provide this service free of charge. They will sometimes help with unwanted critters or relocate a trapped animal, but their focus is usually more on domestic animals.

The cost of skunk removal services varies depending on the severity of the infestation and the methods used for removal. It's important to get a quote from a licensed and experienced skunk removal service before proceeding with any removal or exclusion services.

Striped Skunk

There are several steps you can take for skunk prevention, including:

  • Removing any potential food sources, such as pet food - especially dry cat food, bird feeders, a chicken coop, fallen fruit, or garbage. Feeding pets indoors is highly recommended so it does not attract skunks and other wild animals in the neighborhood.
  • Sealing up any holes or gaps in your home or property that may provide shelter for skunks, especially around your foundation or around a detached shed
  • Installing motion-activated lights or sprinklers to discourage skunks from becoming too comfortable on your property
  • Removing brush piles, hollow logs, or other debris that could provide protection or hinder removing skunks once the you have the captured animal
  • Predator urine - while we have not had great success with predator urines at Critter Stop, some homeowners claim success. It is advisable to focus the urine where the skunk enters its den to ensure it smells the deterrent.

Remember, skunk trapping and removal should always be handled by a professional to ensure a safe and effective process.

If you find a dead skunk on your property, the first step should be checking local laws and regulations to make sure you comply with any dead animal handling procedures. While animal control, or another government department, will aid with a dead skunk on a roadway, if it is in your yard, skunks are often outside of their mandate.

Most wildlife removal companies can help with dead skunk removal. For homeowners in the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex, Critter Stop can certainly help you with this.

Striped Skunks

There are twelve skunk species around the world, with the most common in North America being striped skunks. A striped skunk will - as the name implies, be striped down the middle with two white lines along its back against its otherwise black fur.

Striped Skunk

Hooded Skunks

Another species common in Texas is hooded skunks, which have continuous, thick white fur along its back.

Hooded Skunks

Hog-nosed Skunks

Texas is also home to hog-nosed skunks, which have a few different physical characteristics, with the most notable being their, you guessed it, hog-looking nose!

Spotted Skunks

Additionally, there are spotted skunks - with further delineation between eastern spotted skunk living in the eastern U.S. and the western spotted skunk living in the southwestern U.S.

Skunk spray can be difficult to remove and can linger for days. Here are some tips from hard-earned experience:

  • Bathe your pet with a mixture of 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
  • For clothing and bedding, mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of baking soda and add it to the wash cycle.
  • For outdoor areas, mix 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of bleach and spray the affected area.

If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, it is important to act fast to prevent the odor from spreading. Here are some steps to remove skunk spray from your dog:

  1. Keep your dog outside to prevent the odor from spreading indoors.
  2. Wear gloves and protective clothing to avoid getting skunk spray on yourself.
  3. Mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Another option is a dedicated skunk odor removal shampoo.
  4. Apply the mixture to your dog's fur, avoiding the eyes and mouth.
  5. Let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water.

While the well-known old wives' tale advises using tomato juice, we have found shampoos made specifically for removing skunk odor, such as "De-Skunk" work better and are much cleaner to use.

If a skunk sprays inside your home, under the foundation, or in the crawl space, it can be difficult to remove the odor. Here are some tips for removing skunk smell in your house:

  • Open windows and doors to ventilate the area.
  • Place bowls of white vinegar around the affected area to absorb the odor.
  • Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove the odor from the air.
  • Clean surfaces with a mixture of 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of water.

Overall, it is important to take the necessary precautions when dealing with skunks. If you are unsure about how to remove skunks from your property, it is recommended to seek professional help.

While they will occasionally get into a garage, skunks generally prefer burrowing under the home and searching for food in the flower beds. Usually, they are attracted to a food source, such as cat food, and do not intend to build a den in the garage. For this reason, we advise opening the garage door and giving the skunk time to leave on its own throughout the night.

Dallas - Fort Worth's Most Reliable Skunk Trapper

If you are a homeowner living in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex and would like to address your skunk issue - look no further. Critter Stop provides 5 star skunk removal services, with excellent communication and prompt relocation services every day of the week. Call us today!

And if you don't, and are just here to learn more about skunks, we hope you enjoy these cute baby skunk videos.

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Critter Stop offers free in-home consultations to build custom solutions to your problems. We inspect your home thoroughly, inside and out, for signs of damage, animal entry, animal nesting, droppings, and more. Once we discuss the extent of the problem and what needs to be done to fix it, we’ll document a game plan together.

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Sealing your home immediately is our priority. The exclusion team will thoroughly patch up potential entry sites from the roof to the foundation and everywhere in between. Once we’re sure no other rodents are getting in, we’ll set our traps in those areas we suspect animal activity.

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Our technicians will check in on your home several times throughout this process. If game cameras have been set up, we’ll review those with you to discuss the animal activity. Once the traps are cleared, we will reset them and re-evaluate all the sealed points of entry to ensure no critter has re-chewed a hole or found a new way into your property.

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We don’t call it a job well done once the pest is gone. There’s more work to be done! We completely restore your affected area by pulling up and replacing damaged insulation. Additionally, we fog the affected area to disinfect and remove animal pheromones that can attract new pests in the future.

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