Don’t Mess With a Skunk in Your Memphis Home – Call Us To Humanely Remove It

When most people think of skunks, the first thing that comes to mind is their distinctive and powerful odor that’s seemingly impossible to get rid of. Which means, encountering a skunk in your Memphis home is more than just a nuisance – it’s a potential hazard.

Needless to say, attempting to remove a skunk on your own can lead to unpleasant consequences, increased danger, and unsuccessful results. That’s why, if you live in Memphis, you should turn to us to remove skunks from your home. At Coopertown, we provide professional, humane wildlife removal services, and we guarantee quality results.

Our trained experts are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to ensure the safe relocation of these critters, protecting both your home and the skunks. Call today to set up an appointment, or you can reach out to us online. We’d be happy to hear from you.

Skunk in Patio

Can Coopertown Get the Skunk Out Humanely?

We’ll remove any skunk in your home with care and delicacy, ensuring the critter – and any of its young – isn’t harmed in the process. In fact, we take these measures with any animal removed from the homes of Memphis customers we serve.

Our live trapping techniques and safe exclusion methods prevent harm from occurring to the skunk, then we relocate the critter well away from your living space – so that both it and you can live a happier life well away from one another.

We Have a Warranty & Money-Back Guarantee on Our Animal Removal Services

Did critters get back in after we removed them? No worries – we offer a written, money-back guarantee. Additionally, we provide a one-year warranty against damage caused if animals enter back through areas we’ve previously sealed.

And just to make sure you’re really done with wildlife issues, we recommend signing up for our maintenance plan. Ask our techs about everything it includes for more info!

About Our Effective Skunk Removal Process

Our removal process is humane, efficient, and totally comprehensive.

It begins with a comprehensive inspection to identify entry points and nesting sites, providing a clear understanding of the infestation’s extent. We then install exclusion devices and one-way doors to allow the skunks a safe exit…but prevent their eventual re-entry. We may also use specialized traps that safely capture them without causing any harm.

Throughout the project, we monitor traps and manage any issues or surprises that come up, as needed. Once all skunks are removed, we seal entry points with durable materials to prevent future infestations.

As far as cleaning up after the fact, no need to call in another company or crew. We handle cleaning and sanitization as well, ensuring the property is safe and free from any health risks associated with the wildlife. Additionally, we repair any damage caused by the skunks.

Need more information? Looking to schedule an appointment? Contact us by phone or through our online form today. We’re here to help protect your home and provide peace of mind for the long haul.

What Are Signs That Skunks Are the Animals in My Home?

Detecting skunks in your house can be unsettling due to their potential for spraying and the odor that accompanies this defense mechanism. If you know a critter is present and fear it’s a skunk, you’ll definitely want to take all precautions.

Here are some common signs that skunks – specifically – may be present:

  • Strong Odor: Skunks are notorious for their musky, pungent smell. If you notice a persistent, foul odor similar to rotten eggs or sulfur, especially in specific areas like under decks, near windows, or in crawl spaces, it could indicate skunk activity.
  • Visual Sightings: Seeing skunks wandering around your property, particularly during dusk or dawn when they are most active, should cause those alarm bells in your head to start ringing.
  • Damage to Property: Skunks may cause damage while searching for food or shelter. Look for things like torn-up lawn areas (they often dig for grubs), holes near foundations or under structures, or damage to garbage bins.
  • Tracks & Droppings: Skunk tracks resemble those of a small dog, but with claw marks visible. Their droppings are similar in appearance to that of cats or raccoons, and are typically found near their den sites.
  • Unusual Noises: Skunks can be noisy when they move around or scratch, particularly if they are nesting or trapped in a confined space like an attic or crawl space.

Reach out to our team at the first signs of trouble – we’re here to help.

How Can You Keep Skunks Off Your Property?

Once the skunks are gone, how can you ensure things stay that way?

  • Remove easily accessible food sources. Skunks are attracted to easy-to-access food sources – think…pet food left outside, birdseed on the ground, loose garbage, forgotten leftovers, and compost piles. Secure garbage bins with tight-fitting lids, bring pet food indoors at night, and use bird feeders that are elevated or difficult for skunks to access.
  • Eliminate attractive shelter options. Skunks seek shelter in dark, quiet places like under decks, sheds, and crawl spaces. Seal off these potential den sites by closing off openings and using barriers (like wire mesh or fencing) to block access.
  • Properly secure your yard. Skunks are excellent diggers, so installing a fence that extends underground (buried several inches) can prevent them from gaining access. Make sure the fence is sturdy and at least three feet high to deter skunks from climbing over.
  • Keep your yard maintained. Keep your yard well-maintained by trimming bushes and shrubs, removing debris, and minimizing clutter where skunks could hide or build nests.
  • Use humane repellents. There are various skunk repellents available, such as commercial products containing predator urine (like fox or coyote urine). These can deter skunks by making your property seem less safe or appealing.
  • Invest in motion sensors. Skunks prefer dimly lit, quiet areas. Installing bright outdoor lighting and using motion sensor lights can make your property less attractive. A motion-activated sound device may discourage skunks from settling in as well.
  • Treat your lawn for pests. Skunks are attracted to lawns where they can find insects like grubs. Treat your lawn for grubs and other pests to reduce food sources that attract skunks.

Are Skunks Dangerous?

Skunks are generally not considered dangerous to humans, and are shy animals that avoid confrontation when possible. That said, they can still pose some risks if they feel threatened or aren’t handled properly, which is why trusting an expert to remove them is always the best route.

The biggest issue with skunks is their use of a spray defense – spraying a foul-smelling liquid from their anal glands when threatened. This spray can cause intense irritation to the eyes and skin, and it has a strong, lingering odor that is known to be difficult to remove.

There’s also the risk of diseases, such as rabies or leptospirosis. In these cases, transmission to humans is rare, as skunks will rarely get close enough to bite or scratch…but it’s important to avoid close contact because of this.

And don’t forget about the potential risks to your furbabies. Skunks may spray pets if they feel threatened, leading to the same discomfort and odor issues faced by humans. Additionally, encounters between skunks and pets can sometimes result in injuries.

If you suspect a skunk is living on your property or behaving unusually, it’s best to seek advice from wildlife professionals who can provide guidance on safe and humane solutions.

Is DIY Skunk Removal Possible?

DIY skunk removal can be both challenging and risky, and it’s not a practice we ever recommend. Skunks are wild animals and are well known to spray defensively, causing discomfort and leaving a persistent odor that is difficult to remove from clothing, skin, and anything else it comes into contact with. Skunks can also spread diseases if not handled appropriately.

Health and safety risks aside, though, here in Memphis, TN, skunks fall under the category of wildlife, which means there may be wildlife conservation laws that govern how they can be handled, trapped, or relocated. It’s essential to understand specific regulations and requirements regarding skunk removal before attempting to remove them.

All in all, effective skunk removal requires knowledge of skunk behavior, proper trapping techniques, and appropriate equipment like traps designed specifically for skunks. Improper handling or inadequate equipment can result in injury to both the handler and the skunk, as well as invite fines or legal penalties.

Wildlife Removal in Memphis: We’re the Team To Call

Don’t take chances with a skunk in your home. Rely on the professionals at Coopertown to handle the situation with care and expertise. Our humane removal services not only ensure the skunk is safely relocated, but also help prevent future intrusions.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us restore peace and safety to your home.

 

Our wildlife removal services include getting rid of flying squirrels, too.