Professional Skunk Removal Services Columbia SC
Most wild animals aim high – looking to make their den sites in our attics. Skunks, however, are more fond of our crawlspaces, garden sheds, and the area beneath our porches. With skunk spray’s oppressive odor able to last for weeks or longer, it’s essential to choose professionals who know the best methods for getting skunks out safely!
Our Skunk Control Process
The skunk removal process begins with a thorough inspection, checking for secondary infestations like rodents, and identifying their entry points.
Skunk Trapping & Exclusion
Our skunk removal process uses a combination of live traps and exclusion hardware. After trapping, our technicians will return and safely relocate the skunks back into the wild.
Clean Up & Skunk Smell Removal
Skunks can leave your crawlspace a mess. From skunk odor to shredded insulation and wiring, our crews will repair the damage and remediate lingering odors.
Your Skunk Problem Solved
After your skunk removal service, your home will be free of skunks and their funk, and any entry points will be permanently sealed up against future intrusion. The space will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, making it safe again for occupancy.
What You Get When You Choose Jeffcoat Pest Control
Effective & Humane Wildlife Removal
We love the diversity of wildlife found in the Carolina Midlands – but we want to see these animals living out in their native environments, not in our homes! Our experienced wildlife specialists ensure these critters are safely and humanely evicted from your property .
Real Customer Service
When you call Jeffcoat Pest Control you’ll be speaking with one of our professional office staff – not a robot and not a call-center overseas. We are committed to providing you with amazing customer service alongside our outstanding animal control solutions.
Fast Results, Less Waiting
Your time is valuable and we respect that! When you work with Jeffcoat Pest Control you’ll get punctual service and great results. Our animal removal services resolve your wildlife issues quickly, letting you go back to enjoying your home!
How do I prevent skunks from getting into my home?
- Seal Entry Points: Close off crawl spaces, vents, and holes in your foundation.
- Secure Trash Cans and Pet Food Containers: Use secure, airtight garbage cans to deter skunks from scavenging. If you feed your pets outside, bring in pet food bowls at night and be sure that your pet food storage containers are inaccessible.
- Install Motion-Activated Lights: Skunks are nocturnal and can be deterred by bright lights.
- Maintain Yard: Keep your lawn clean and free of potential food sources like fallen fruit or accessible compost and keep brush and wood piles away from your home.
Some people believe that citrus peels or mothballs can act as skunk repellent, but oftentimes these solutions are short lived. Exclusion is your best solution.
Do skunks spread any illnesses?
Yes, skunks can be carriers of diseases such as rabies, leptospirosis, canine distemper, and tularemia. They may also carry parasites like fleas and ticks, which can transmit diseases to pets and humans.
How do I avoid getting sprayed by a skunk?
Avoiding a skunk spray involves understanding skunk behavior and taking precautionary measures to minimize encounters and de-escalate situations. Here are some tips:
- Maintain Distance: Skunks spray is a defense mechanism and they only do it when they feel threatened. If you encounter a skunk, keep a safe distance—typically at least 10 feet—to avoid startling it.
- Move Slowly: Quick movements can be interpreted as a threat by a skunk. If you find yourself in close proximity, move away slowly and deliberately.
- Talk or Make Noise: Skunks have poor eyesight but good hearing. Softly speaking or making a gentle noise can make the skunk aware of your presence, giving it the chance to flee.
- Watch for Warning Signs: Before spraying, a skunk will usually give a warning by stamping its front feet, raising its tail, and hissing. If you see these behaviors, retreat slowly and calmly.
- Avoid Cornering: Never corner a skunk. Always give it an escape route so that it doesn’t feel trapped and resorts to spraying as a last resort.
Help! What do I do if I was sprayed by a skunk?
First – don’t run out and buy tomato juice. This old urban legend persists despite tomato juice doing a poor job at neutralizing skunk smell!
For skunk odor removal on people:
- The first thing to do after getting sprayed by a skunk is to immediately shower. Your goal here is to get as much of the spray off as possible.
- Use a grease cutting soap, like dish soap, and wash your hair with shampoo that is designed for oily hair.
- Baking soda baths are also helpful – put 2 to 4 cups of baking soda in hot water and use it to rinse your body.
For skunk odor removal on pets:
- Create a mixture of:
- 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 teaspoon dish soap
- ¼ cup baking soda
Lather your pets fur in this mix – avoiding contact with their face or eyes. Rinse the mix off after 5 minutes with water and then wash their fur with normal pet shampoo.
Note: this mixture may act as a mild bleach and permanently lighten their fur.
I think I have a skunk - but it has spots instead of the normal white stripe. What is it?
You might have a spotted skunk! These are a smaller species of skunk that are rarely seen, but like their larger striped skunk counterparts are omnivores and can emit a noxious spray.
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