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What Homeowners Need To Know About Skunks In The Winter

It’s fairly obvious when a skunk is lurking around or has set up shelter on your property, as they like to burrow through trash and of course secrete a potent smelling spray when warding off threats. Needless to say, most homeowners don’t necessarily want these little critters setting up shelter in or around their property. Many people think that because winter is just around the corner, they won’t have to deal with skunks around their home. However, unlike other wildlife, skunks will not be hibernating throughout the colder months. This article describes the behaviors of skunks in the winter to better prepare homeowners if an issue occurs. 

Skunks Are Less Active In The Winter But Don’t Hibernate

Unlike other wildlife hoarding food for the winter months to prepare for hibernation, skunks spend the fall season binge eating to stay warm and full during mid-winter for their dormant rests. Skunks don’t hibernate during the winter instead they create winter dens and enter a state of torpor. While doing so, their body temperature, breathing and metabolism will decrease but not as much as animals in hibernation (Source). Therefore, while other wildlife are inactive in the winter, homeowners may still experience skunks creating a den under their porch or searching for food in trash bins.

Skunks Creating Multiple Winter Dens

Skunks create multiple winter dens for safe shelters throughout the winter. Unfortunately for homeowners, skunks are attracted to creating winter dens under homes, decks and porches, as there are fewer threats from other wildlife. This poses issues for homeowners because skunks will make messes around their property as they try to collect debris and branches to burrow themselves in their winter dens. In addition to making messes as they build their shelter, skunks may poke through your trashcans looking for food and may dig holes in lawns looking for more food such as worms.

How To Remove Winter Dens From Your Property

If a skunk is living under your home, porch or even your shed, it’s understandable to want the animal removed. Skunks can be a nuisance as they create messes or can even spray you or your pet if caught off guard. For this reason, trying to remove the skunk or the den yourself can lead to unnecessary risks.

The best way to have skunks removed is to call the professionals at Wildlife Control Services.

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We are always interested in preventing wildlife problems before they start; prevention is always the best course of action. Chimney caps, underground fencing, roof vent covers and a number of other techniques can prevent wildlife from entering homes or burrowing under structures, thus removing the necessity to capture animals in the first place. Anyone who seeks to protect his or her property from wildlife encroachment provides a fundamentally sound investment. That investment not only protects the animal world by keeping them in their natural habitats but it protects the property owner from costly removal and repair expenditures.