With their black bodies and distinct white stripe down their back even a quick glimpse can narrow it down to a roaming skunk. Not to mention the smell they trail around with them. Our specific skunk in Connecticut is the Eastern Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis). Skunks are found just about everywhere in Connecticut. The Eastern skunk can be found throughout southern Canada and among all the United States. Skunks weigh in at 6-14 pounds with an average length of 21-26 inches. Males are slightly larger than the females. A skunks tail is bushy with a combination of white and black hairs. They have small heads, small eyes, and a pointed snout. Skunks will make dens in the ground, under rocks, empty logs and the such. Skunks will dig their own burrows but prefer to find abandoned ones from woodchucks or other digging animals. Skunk burrows are 3-4 deep running about 20 feet long and include 2-4 chambers for sleeping and raising young. Skunks will sometimes den together during the winter months. They are mostly nocturnal, spending their daylight hours sleeping.
Skunks begin to mate in late February to early March. The female’s gestation period is 62-68 days long and she will give birth to a litter of six blind and helpless young. It takes about three weeks for the young to start to crawl and open their eyes. At about seven weeks the young skunks will venture out of their burrow and are able to spray musk. The scent glands used to spray this unique musk are located on both sides of the rectum and a skunk can accurately hit a target up to 10 feet or more. The spray liquid of a skunk is a yellow sticky fluid of which the main component is butylmercaptan. Skunks for the most part are not aggressive and typically will only spray for defense when provoked. Skunks will stomp their feet and lift their tails before spraying, giving you a little bit of warning of what’s to come. If you see this happening it is advised to slowly back away until the skunk doesn’t feel threatened anymore. If you are sprayed, a vinegar bath or tomato juice will work to alleviate the smell on pets, people or clothing. We also have a number of skunk odor neutralizing products we can offer.
Skunks can cause great damage to lawns with their digging. Often they are found destroying flower beds and getting into trash cans. Skunks can carry rabies and the relocation of skunks is no longer allowed per CT DEEP. Think GREEN Pest Control does offer trapping services for skunks. Control would consist of having us come out and complete a thorough inspection to the property (no charge) and most likely setting up live-trap cages with a combination of mechanical exclusion work if needed. Typically, we charge $125 to place live-catch traps down around your yard and we’ll check those at least once a day. We don’t charge for empty cages. Only if we catch an animal and typically that charge is $150 for the first skunk and $50 each additional skunk caught in the same day. Depending on the size of a job we may be able to give further discounts or offer alternate pricing.