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Maine Skunk Demographics
Here in Maine, we have an abundance of skunks and people having skunk problems. Skunks in Maine are most common around central Portland or in the backwoods of the Allagash. Skunks have adapted quite well to the urban environment and finding shelter with plenty of food to sustain themselves and feed their young.
Phew, A “House Full Of Skunk
Skunks can become a serious nuisance when we, or our pets get too close. The odor they emit is very powerful and long lasting, and many Maine homeowners will wake up to a “house full of skunk” when one has sprayed under their deck or home. This is not pleasant, and it’s likely half of you reading this already know the feeling
Skunk Odor Control In Maine & Why Skunk Mating Season Spells Trouble For Homeowners.
Skunks generally do not “fire at will” but rather hold back until they feel highly threatened. Their glands to not reproduce the fluid all that quickly, and so skunks will want to preserve this weapon for more threatening circumstances. Baby skunks are more prone to spray, because have yet to learn that instinctive lesson.
There’s a time period in early spring when mating season is close and many males will seek out the opposite sex. A female skunk who is not ready to mate will reject these wandering males by spraying them, which is one of natures funniest, yet smelliest rejections. Competing males that are fighting over a female will also spray during this time period. All of this skunk spray can become a real problem for homeowners if the ordeal is taking place under their deck or under an open foundation.
Once the skunk has sprayed, the odor infiltrates inside the home and it’s not pretty. Our professionals can reduce this smelly stink by spraying an odor elimination solution where the skunk has sprayed on the outside. This will stop the odor from permeating into living quarters and the smell will be reduced over time, but there is no immediate solution for the smells in the house.
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Skunks Under Decks & Camps In Maine
Decks provide a shelter for skunks in a protected area to rear their young or just for a solitary skunk to den. When a skunk sighting or skunk odor becomes persistent it’s a good possibility they are living under the deck.
Trapping the offending critter and performing a deck trenching job will prevent the problem from recurring. Decks, Patios, Sides of cement porches/patios will all be eligible for trench work. Heavy screen enforced with screws will be a permanent solution to ANY kind of critter trying to infest underneath a structure.
Skunks Grubbing In Maine Lawns & Yards
Skunks and raccoons both will dig for grubs in our Maine lawns, and why not? Grubs and earthworms can be a great source of protein for these animals. The difference between raccoon and skunk damage in the lawn is obvious to the experienced wildlife control operator. Raccoons will “roll the sod” and create a mess, where as skunks will dig cone-shaped holes to extract the grubs and earthworms..
Skunks Getting Stuck In Window Wells
Skunks are not known for their great eyesight, nor climbing skills. It’s very common for us to to get calls for skunks that have stumbled into a window well and cannot get out. This situation calls for a specialist, almost even a “skunk whisperer” because this circumstance is like trying to play with a live grenade!
Call our specialists at Midcoast Wildlife, we are trained in handling skunk problems & providing live skunk removal service in ME.
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