Skunks can often be a nuisance to people and domesticated pets. They may live under decks or porches, they often dig holes in yards and may even fall down a basement window well. Spray from a skunk is an awful smell and on a pet can be time consuming to remove. I have always found that dish soap (Dawn) and baking soda works much better than the old method of a tomato juice bath.
The most common skunks are the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) and the spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius). They like to dig and burrow and seek shelter under a house or low deck, some place that doesn’t get a lot of traffic.
Skunks also carry serious health concerns. Second only to the raccoon, they have the most number of recorded rabies cases in the United States. They are usually more active in the warmer months and are nocturnal.
Chicago skunk removal may include a professional exterminator or animal control specialist, live traps or even something as easy as placing a board in the window well to allow them to escape on their own. Please check with your exterminator to make sure that they offer relocation.
Relocation after capture should be at least five miles from the site where they were captured. Check with local authorities to find out what the regulations are for trapping and relocating.
To help prevent another skunk from taking up residence, make sure there are no open holes for them to dig or make a den in. Keep vegetation, brush and woodpiles to a minimum, or use a sturdy wire mesh to secure the area.
Raccoons are the number one carrier of recorded rabies cases in the United States. It is also the most common animal requiring removal. Raccoons are known for climbing into chimneys, window wells, garages, crawlspaces and basements. They may also be found under decks, sheds and any other area they find comfortable for a den. Also nocturnal, they like to get into garbage cans, bird feeders and Koi ponds. They may also harass pets.
Due to their nocturnal nature, you may hear them a couple hours after dark, when they start looking for food. Raccoons are very intelligent and used to dealing with humans. They can be quite noisy, chirping loudly.
Raccoon removal is much the same as the skunk. Trapping is the preferred method. Please note that your household may need to be treated for fleas after removal, as raccoons are frequent carriers.
Opossums are similar in features to the common rat. Often gray or white in color, this long tailed critter may be alarming to most pets.
Known to be frequent scavengers, opossums may also die inside of a building, attic or walls, and the smell is horrible. They may carry fleas or other parasites.
Not the brightest animal in the forest, opossums are usually very easy to catch. As with skunks and raccoons, they should also be released at least five miles from the home.
RATS AND MICE
Rays and mice create similar infestations. They both like to live in the attic or walls and can often be heard scratching. They often raid pantries and cupboards and may even chew on electrical wires. Both rodents may carry parasites and fleas, which can be a health concern.
Unfortunately, the most humane way to remove mice and rats is to trap them. Snap traps are recommended. Glue boards and poison are NOT proven methods for removal. Poison especially, is very cruel to the animal. It may cause a slow death and then you will also have to deal with the smell from the dead carcass.
Mice and rats reproduce rapidly. Effective removal with traps will help prevent a recurring infestation. The best way to maintain a rodent free home is to seal of any areas that may allow entry. Look for very small entry points. In some instances, you may need to use steel to block areas. Repellent, such as moth balls, is also not a proven method for preventing these animals from gaining entry to your home. Ultrasonic sound machines are also not recommended.