Identifying Skunks on your Property
Most skunks have white stripes running down their back and black fur on the rest of their body. However, some skunks are brown or ginger colored. It is the size of a house cat and has short legs with large feet and well-developed claws. Often, the best way to identify a skunk is by their odor. Skunks are famous for their skunk spray, which has made them creatures feared by nearly all animals, including man. Skunks can be startled easily, and if they spray anywhere in your attic, yard, basement, or other areas of your house or business, it can and will take over the entire home or building, leaving you with a noxious smell that is hard to eradicate. A skunk can shoot a spray as far as 15 feet. The foul-smelling spray that a skunk releases is a golden-yellow liquid consisting of sulfide mercaptan, which can be deadly and cause blindness. The spray can cause pets or children to foam at the mouth and secrete mucus from eyes and can harm their lungs, eyes, nose, and other organs.
Skunks will bite if you try to grab or handle them. They are common carriers of rabies and other diseases such as Distemper, Leptospirosis, Zoonoses, Canine Hepatitis, and Intestinal Roundworms. Skunks will leave their feces, urine and spray in whatever area they occupy, which can attract other skunks or animals. The smell and bacteria create health and safety issues.