It is important to be prepared with the proper equipment when performing skunk removal. If you can keep the skunk calm, it is less likely to spray.
When we perform skunk removal, one of the first things we do is to locate where the animal lives. They commonly live in holes under concrete pads or patios, beneath porches, or in crawlspaces. Sometimes the customer can tell us exactly where it lives because they have seen it coming and going, but often people only know there is a problem because of the smell.
Sometimes we will find that the animal has fallen into a hole that it cannot get out of, such as a window well. Skunks are not good climbers, and when they fall into a hole they may become hungry, thirsty and stressed and then spray.
Wherever the skunk is, we can remove it. The traps we usually use for this animal have opaque plastic walls, designed not to allow them to spray us. Not only do the walls provide a barrier to protect us from the spray, they also prevent the animal from seeing us. Since they cannot see us they do not feel as threatened and therefore usually do not spray. I say “usually” because there are times when the animal does spray inside the trap, but normally that is not the case.
Once the animal is caught we remove it from the trap, making every effort to do so without it spraying. Once this is done we remove the skunk from the property and either relocate or euthanize it.
Our technicians also remove dead skunks from crawlspaces, holes, porches, or anyplace else they might be. This is a dirty and very smelly job; it is actually easier to work with live animals than dead ones. Whatever your situation may be, do not hesitate to call us because we are skunk removal experts.
Our specialized skunk traps have solid, plastic sides instead of wire screens. This restricts the skunks' vision which keeps it from getting agitated. If the skunk decides to spray, the trap will contain most of the particles.